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Campaign Seeks to Dry Out the National Security Agency

“The American surveillance state has an Achilles Heel,” organizers of the OffNow campaign say. “We can thwart mass surveillance without relying on Congress or [the] Supreme Court” by passing legislation that stops “the flow of state supplied water and electricity to federal agencies conducting mass, warrantless surveillance.”

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Veteran Green Says Emissions Aren’t the Only Danger

Forty years ago, climate change was not even on the agenda of green campaigners—but now a veteran of those pioneering days speaks out about the danger of neglecting other issues that threaten the planet.

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California Water Officials Are Some of the State’s Biggest Guzzlers

The Center For Investigative Reporting has a scandalous expose on the hypocritical practices of public servants who waste millions of gallons watering their own desert lawns while demanding that other Californians conserve.

Posted on Oct 9, 2014 READ MORE



‘Amazon of U.K.’ Being Destroyed for Grouse Shooting

Managing moorlands so that more birds can be reared for lucrative shooting parties is adding to climate change by destroying layers of peat and releasing large quantities of stored carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

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Can You Guess How Many Gallons of Water It Took to Grow the Avocado in Your Guacamole?

So we know that avocados should have gone extinct millions of years ago, but how about how much water it takes to grow a single of these creamy green fruits?

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Water Discovered in Distant Planet’s Atmosphere for First Time

Far beyond our solar system lies a planet said by astronomers to contain water vapor.

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U.N. Population Growth Data Is Bad News for Climate

A sophisticated new analysis indicates an 80 percent probability that the planet’s population will continue to rise this century, with serious implications for food security, political stability—and climate change.

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Put Down the Bottled Water! It’s Draining Drought-Stricken California

Most bottled water companies are taking precious H2O from the state that needs it most; a new browser add-on can show you who’s funding your elected representatives; meanwhile, SWAT teams and riot police are paramilitarizing the suburbs. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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From Farmworker to Olympian to Activist: A Boxer Fights for His Community

Jose Ramirez could have walked away from Avenal, Calif., where the jobs are drying up like the ground, but he’s determined to save his community.

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South Asia Slow to Act on Water Threats

A study of the five countries sharing and relying on the Indian subcontinent’s great rivers shows that Bangladesh is the only one that is taking climate change seriously.

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Detroit Shuts Off Water to 150,000 People

A coalition of human rights activists has asked the United Nations to intervene in the withholding of water access from 150,000 residents of Detroit who are at least two months behind on utility payments.

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Fracking Boom Threatens U.S. Water Supplies

Widespread fracking for oil or gas may have transformed the U.S. energy market, but campaigners warn that the boom is seriously depleting or contaminating vital water supplies.

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Drought Fuels World Cup Blackout Fears

Matches in the football World Cup, which kicks off in Brazil in two weeks, could be hit as the country’s worst drought in decades is severely reducing hydropower energy supplies.

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Space Technology Aids Water Power

One of the most modern technologies, satellite imagery, is helping to exploit one of the greenest and most traditional—water power.

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Questions on the Future of Fracking

The fracking industry is radically changing the U.S. energy industry. But there are growing doubts about how sustainable it will prove.

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Climate Change Affects the Poor

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Water’s Future

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Freedom Water

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West Virginia Toxic Disaster Requires More Than Silence

More than a week since the chemical spill in Charleston, the state capital, contaminated the water supply for 300,000 people, there has been little solid information about the danger to human health—and little outrage from officials in Washington, who seem to expect West Virginians to take the whole thing in stride.

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Water Contamination

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West Virginia Residents Wait for Tap Water to Be Declared Safe

As hundreds of thousands of West Virginians faced a third day without drinking water due to a chemical spill in a local river, a crisis for which President Obama declared a federal emergency, a water company executive said Saturday that it could take days to determine whether the water is safe again.

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Water for a Thirsty World

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NASA Finds Water on Mars

The Curiosity rover found H2O particles bound to other minerals in Martian dirt. According to scientists, it’s enough water to hydrate astronauts who wish to explore the planet in the future.

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What’s the Point of Michelle Obama’s ‘Drink Up’ Campaign?

The first lady’s latest program is about encouraging Americans to drink more water, starting with at least one more cup per day than they are ingesting now. The organizers, however, haven’t answered the question on several people’s minds: Why?

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Bottled Water Crisis

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Yosemite Blaze Moves Toward San Francisco Utilities

A wildfire burning out of control at the edge of Yosemite National Park is threatening power and water service to the city, prompting California Gov. Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency.

Posted on Aug 24, 2013 READ MORE



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California’s Civil War Is About Water, and the South Doesn’t Seem to Care

Southern Californians get much of their fresh water from the northern part of the state and they don’t seem to care that the system that supplies that water is in danger of collapse.

Posted on Aug 6, 2013 READ MORE



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Never Again Enough

The crucial question for Phoenix, for the Colorado, and for the greater part of the American West is this: How long will the water hold out?

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To Fracking!

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Colorado River Water

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World Water Day 2013

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This Clip Is All You Need to Know About Marco Rubio’s SOTU Response

The only thing anyone is likely to remember about Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s State of the Union rebuttal is that he awkwardly paused during it to grab a sip of water.

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Water Demand for Energy to Double by 2035

The amount of fresh water needed to produce energy for the world is set to double within the next 25 years as civilization’s reliance on coal and biofuels increases, the International Energy Agency projects.

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Is the U.S. Polluting Drinking Water?

Mexico City plans to draw drinking water from a mile-deep aquifer. The effort challenges a key tenet of U.S. clean water policy: Water far underground can be intentionally polluted because it will never be used.

Posted on Jan 28, 2013 READ MORE



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AP: EPA Buried Fracking Evidence at Drilling Company’s Behest

The Environmental Protection Agency may be making evidence of water contamination caused by hydraulic fracturing disappear to satisfy the drilling industry and lawmakers.

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The Trillion-Gallon Loophole: Lax Rules for Drillers That Inject Pollutants Into the Earth

Injection wells have proliferated over the past 60 years, in large part because they are the cheapest, most expedient way to manage hundreds of billions of gallons of industrial waste generated in the U.S. each year. Yet the dangers of injection are well known: In accidents dating to the 1960s, toxic materials have bubbled up to the surface or escaped, contaminating aquifers that store supplies of drinking water.

Posted on Sep 24, 2012 READ MORE



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11 Percent of the World’s Population Still Without Clean Water

The United Nations’ highest policymaking body declared access to water and sanitation to be a basic human right two years ago. But a coalition of “water justice activists” in late July said that goal remains little more than a good intention.

Posted on Aug 7, 2012 READ MORE



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Earth-Like Planet May Exist

European astronomers said Monday that they may have found a celestial body with the right characteristics to host life: a “Goldilocks” planet circling a star at a distance that is not too hot, not too cold, but just right for liquid water to exist.

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Flickr / Pedro Moura Pinheiro

Ukraine Wants to Store N-Waste Near Water Supply

Ukrainian authorities have made plans to store a portion of the country’s nuclear waste at the site of the 1986 Chernobyl catastrophe, near the region’s major water supply. (more)

Posted on Apr 30, 2011 READ MORE



Jorge Andrés Paparoni Bruzual (CC-BY-SA)

Soaring Food Prices Drive Millions Into Poverty

Food prices shot up 36 percent in the last year, according to the World Bank, adding 44 million people to the ranks of the impoverished. For people who spend most of their money on food, it’s devastating when the price of maize, to take one example, goes up 74 percent as it did this year. (more)

Posted on Apr 14, 2011 READ MORE



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Truthdig Radio: Keep McChrystal Retired

Mr. Fish survives a MoveOn house party, Sandra Postel solves the water crisis, Daniel Denvir and James Harris take stock of segregation, Narda Zacchino puts Gen. Stanley McChrystal in the dustbin of history, and Nomi Prins and Robert Scheer digest President Obama’s speech.

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Truthdig Radio: Keep McChrystal Retired

Mr. Fish survives a MoveOn house party, Sandra Postel solves the water crisis, Daniel Denvir and James Harris take stock of segregation, Narda Zacchino puts Gen. Stanley McChrystal in the dustbin of history, and Nomi Prins and Robert Scheer digest President Obama’s speech. Update: Full transcript.

Posted on Apr 13, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Jacques Brinon

The Collapse of Globalization

The last people who should be in charge of our food supply or our social and political life, not to mention the welfare of sick children, are corporate capitalists and Wall Street speculators.

Posted on Mar 28, 2011 READ MORE



AP / The Yomiuri Shimbun, Yasushi Kanno

Radioactive Iodine Taints Japan’s Tap Water

Adding to safety fears for those in Japan, the government there has reportedly found trace amounts of radioactive iodine in the tap water of six areas, including Tokyo.

Posted on Mar 19, 2011 READ MORE



YouTube / AssociatedPress

Millions of Dead Fish Puzzle Californians

Marine biologists are working to explain the millions of anchovies, sardines and mackerel that washed up dead in a Los Angeles area harbor Tuesday. Whether an algae bloom was a factor in the massive die-off is under investigation.

Posted on Mar 8, 2011 READ MORE



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Valentine’s Day Roses Are Bad for Kenya

Valentine’s Day naysayers now have another reason to disdain the day: It’s depleting Kenya’s water supply. Specifically, the cultivation of roses in the African nation for holiday sales in Europe is taking a toll on the local ecosystem.

Posted on Feb 14, 2011 READ MORE



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Haiti’s Cholera Death Toll Rising

The death toll in Haiti’s cholera epidemic is rising. The toll now exceeds 3,300, official sources say, and the number of people infected has soared to 150,000 in just two months since the outbreak began.

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AP / Salako Valentin

Two-Thirds of Benin Is Underwater

The U.N. has begun flying tents into the West African country of Benin to shelter some of the hundreds of thousands of people chased from their homes by heavy flooding after months of heavy rains. Adding to the misery is an outbreak of cholera. two-thirds

Posted on Oct 24, 2010 READ MORE


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