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Freshwater is becoming saltier – and it’s bad for the planet and our health

Crews load de-icing road salt onto trucks, in preparation for a winter storm, at Eastern Salt Company in Chelsea, Massachusetts Image: REUTERS/Brian Snyder

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A Plymouth Breeze with rust spots sits parked in the snow in Detroit, Michigan January 10, 2015. Detroit, also known as the Motor City, is the historic hub of automobile manufacturing in the United States. A federal judge in December 2013 formally declared the city bankrupt but it won court approval to exit bankruptcy last November. Once the proud symbol of U.S. industrial strength, Detroit fell on hard times after decades of population loss, rampant debt and financial mismanagement left it struggling to provide basic services to residents. The Detroit car show, formally the North American International Auto Show, is being held for the 26th year and represents the turn in the city's fortune with 2014 being the best year for U.S. car sales since 2006. Reuters photographer Joshua Lott documented old or damaged cars, a common element in a series of cityscapes in the former automobile industry giant.      REUTERS/Joshua Lott (UNITED STATES - Tags: TRANSPORT CITYSCAPE SOCIETY BUSINESS)ATTENTION EDITORS: PICTURE 04 OF 16 FOR WIDER IMAGE PACKAGE 'WRECKED IN DETROIT' TO FIND ALL IMAGES SEARCH 'CITYSCAPE LOTT'
A Plymouth Breeze with rust spots sits parked in the snow in Detroit, Michigan January 10, 2015 Image: REUTERS/Joshua Lott
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