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WATER IS LIFE: A GEOLOGICAL ‘RAW DEAL’

The descent into Kenya's Rift Valley is a scene to remember. The escarpment abruptly lets you into an open space with your eyes wandering tens if not hundreds of miles away through the plains with volcanoes protruding from them. Kenya's Rift Valley is the country's food basket inhabited by hardworking people. But sections of them… Continue reading WATER IS LIFE: A GEOLOGICAL ‘RAW DEAL’

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WATER IS LIFE: ACIDIC WATER

From the first day I tasted hot lemon water, I have always ensured that I take it religiously every evening before retiring to bed. Several things are appealing to me about it... Its bitter- sweet taste... Its citrusy texture... But above all, its acidic nature that corrodes our throats in a 'friendly' way... No wonder… Continue reading WATER IS LIFE: ACIDIC WATER

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WATER IS LIFE: NOT YET PLASTIC FREE…

I walked calmly into the hardware shop and ordered for a PVC conduit pipe for electrical installation... Kariobangi is well known for its industrial exploits supplying the city of Nairobi with all sorts of products... From plastics conduits to metallic parts for windows... From pharmaceuticals to paints and pigments... As a student of electrical installation,… Continue reading WATER IS LIFE: NOT YET PLASTIC FREE…

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WATER IS LIFE: WHEN AIR MEETS WATER

I stood there staring at the overflowing mound of rubbish in my kitchen. I think I had not thrown rubbish for ages. I was a bachelor then and I couldn't care less... Life was to be lived on the free lane... No worries... No sweat... Just enjoying the moment. But I knew that this carefree… Continue reading WATER IS LIFE: WHEN AIR MEETS WATER

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WATER IS LIFE: ‘FOREVER CHEMICALS’

Rarely are nicknames used when describing serious pollutants in our water. But 'forever chemicals' attract a nickname for a couple of reasons: Firstly, they are so many in number (some estimates put them at around 5000 or so). It is therefore simpler to lump them together using an attribute they have in common: Their inability… Continue reading WATER IS LIFE: ‘FOREVER CHEMICALS’

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WATER IS LIFE: THE MESSY SYNTHETIC CONCOCTION

Arguably, no other type of pollutants create such a mess in our drinking water like synthetic stuff... Man-made chemicals used for different purposes but which somehow end up in our drinking water without our knowledge. Yes, some of these chemicals are useful in agriculture, medicine and even at home. However, the major problem with by-products… Continue reading WATER IS LIFE: THE MESSY SYNTHETIC CONCOCTION

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WATER IS LIFE: WHEN CHLORINE BRINGS PROBLEMS

Irresponsible human activity never leaves our environment the same. Though man-made, synthetic chemicals useful in industry, agriculture and medicine have made our lives better, they have adversely impacted on the quality of water we drink. Perhaps that's why most of us are obsessed with treating our water using chlorine before drinking it. Chlorine is not… Continue reading WATER IS LIFE: WHEN CHLORINE BRINGS PROBLEMS

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WATER IS LIFE: STRANGE METALS

Metals are simple elements found around us. Infact they are so simple that they cannot be broken down or neutralized any further. This is good news especially when talking about the ones that are beneficial to us... The Calcium... The Zinc... The Magnesium... The Iron... The Potassium... The Sodium among others. Metals which not only… Continue reading WATER IS LIFE: STRANGE METALS

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THE FOOD CHAIN AND PERSISTENT PESTICIDES

Though pesticides are meant to help manage pests and diseases, some linger in our environments long after use. Such is the case with a special class of pesticides called organochlorines. Organochlorines are chemicals adversely categorised by the UN Stockholm convention as persistent organic pollutants (POPs). These are chemicals which once released into the environment, are… Continue reading THE FOOD CHAIN AND PERSISTENT PESTICIDES

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UNCHARTERED WATERS: THE NUTRIENT SIEGE

When water turns green, it symbolizes a bigger problem than we can imagine. Industrial effluents, sewage runoffs and over fertilization bring about the massive problem of nutrient pollution in water bodies. When nutrients such as nitrates and phosphates accumulate in water, they trigger a build up of algae which decay and are broken down by… Continue reading UNCHARTERED WATERS: THE NUTRIENT SIEGE