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A Crisis With No End: Why Flint Is Still the Issue

The lead in Flint’s water has taken a physical and mental toll on residents, and the water remains tainted.

Posted on Mar 15, 2017 READ MORE


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Flint Residents Protest Exclusion From Water Quality Meeting

Advocates and residents express concern that officials are rushing to declare the city’s water supply safe.

Posted on Jan 10, 2017 READ MORE



EPA Finally Concludes That Fracking Is a Threat to U.S. Water Supplies

The Environmental Protection Agency’s finding, endorsed by environmentalists, comes as Donald Trump’s nascent administration prepares to rethink regulation of the gas drilling industry.

Posted on Dec 15, 2016 READ MORE



Senate Finally Approves Flint Aid at Expense of the Golden State

Michigan action shouldn’t come at expense of endangered species protection in California, “but that is the result of the partisan games at play,” according to the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Posted on Dec 11, 2016 READ MORE



Truthdiggers of the Week: The Water Protectors at Standing Rock

With a Trump administration sure to spark resistance nationwide in the years ahead, indigenous activists and their allies point the way for other Americans.

Posted on Dec 11, 2016 READ MORE



Naomi Klein and Tulsi Gabbard Travel to Standing Rock to Join Thousands of Veterans

Over 3,000 veterans are backed by prominent progressives as peaceful action on behalf of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe gets underway.

Posted on Dec 4, 2016 READ MORE


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Corporations Face Billions of Dollars in Rising Water Costs

Droughts and floods linked to climate change are severely affecting companies’ financial performance globally.

Posted on Nov 28, 2016 READ MORE



Bolivia Declares State of Emergency With Worst Drought in 25 Years

Climate change has shrunk Bolivian glaciers and left cities without water.

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‘We’re Not at War’: Indigenous Protesters Call on Feds to Intervene Against Military-Style Crackdown

Water protectors have endured dog attacks, checkpoints and invasive strip searches at the Dakota Access pipeline construction site.

Posted on Oct 25, 2016 READ MORE



Three Massive Mergers—Millions for One Bank and a Disaster for Food, Water and Climate

In addition to advising on all three mega-mergers, Credit Suisse is playing a big role behind the scenes of the Dakota Access pipeline.

Posted on Oct 24, 2016 READ MORE



Class-Action Lawsuit Seeks Justice for At-Risk Children of Flint

“There must be responsibility to do everything humanly possible to mitigate the damage done to the residents of Flint—especially its children.”

Posted on Oct 19, 2016 READ MORE



Standing Firm at Standing Rock: Why the Struggle Is Bigger Than One Pipeline

For indigenous people, the fight to halt the Dakota Access pipeline is about reviving a way of life.

Posted on Sep 28, 2016 READ MORE



Pollution Is Turning Rivers Into Sources of Disease and Death

Human destruction of wilderness areas has added to the pollution that puts millions of people on three continents at risk of waterborne diseases.

Posted on Sep 24, 2016 READ MORE



North Dakota vs. Amy Goodman: Journalism Is Not a Crime

The Dakota Access pipeline story is critical to the fate of people and the planet. It’s about climate change—and about indigenous rights conflicting with corporate and government power.

Posted on Sep 15, 2016 READ MORE



Standoff at Standing Rock: Even Attack Dogs Can’t Stop the Native American Resistance

The battle against the Dakota Access pipeline is being waged as a renewed assertion of indigenous rights and sovereignty.

Posted on Sep 8, 2016 READ MORE


Standing Rock Sioux Chairman: ‘We’re Standing Up and We’re Saying, “No More” ’

More than 1,000 Native American activists have traveled to Sacred Stone Spirit Camp in North Dakota to stop the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline. Now the fight continues in federal court in Washington, D.C.

Posted on Aug 23, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Water Is Life, Oil Is Death: The People vs. the Bakken Pipeline in Iowa and the Dakotas

While most of the United States has been blinded by the presidential election spectacle, a grass-roots coalition has been fighting “the next Keystone XL” being pushed through—largely under the radar—by Big Carbon.

Posted on Aug 22, 2016 READ MORE



Tax Loophole Can Reward Excessive Water Use in Drought-Stricken West

Experts fear tax deductions for water use as a “depleted asset” could actually worsen the crisis as rivers and reservoirs dry up.

Posted on Aug 18, 2016 READ MORE



More Bad News About Water Safety Could Affect Millions of Americans

A new Harvard study reveals excessive levels of toxic chemicals linked to cancer and other ailments.

Posted on Aug 12, 2016 READ MORE



In a Victory Over Privatization, a Montana City Wins the Right to Control Its Own Water Supply

Missoula “desired to own the water system that serves its residents because city officials believe a community’s water system is a public asset best owned and operated by the public,” the state’s supreme court wrote.

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Water Departments to Change Lead-Testing Methods After Investigators Find ‘Cheats’ in 33 U.S. Cities

A Guardian investigation prompted by the toxic water crisis in Flint, Mich., found that administrators in dozens of cities, including Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia and Detroit, cut corners while testing drinking water for dangerous levels of lead.

Posted on Jun 2, 2016 READ MORE



‘Only the Beginning’: Three Face Criminal Charges in Flint Water Crisis

Two employees of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and one city employee have been charged in Flint’s lead-contamination disaster.

Posted on Apr 20, 2016 READ MORE



All Eyes on Flint, but Drinking Water Crisis Stretches Nationwide

A USA Today investigation finds 350 schools and day-care centers failed lead tests about 470 times from 2012 through 2015.

Posted on Mar 17, 2016 READ MORE


VIDEO: ‘Days of Revolt’: Chris Hedges, Native American Activists Denounce Uranium Poisoning

Nuclear contamination is harming land and lives in parts of America. Some Native Americans call it “deliberate genocide.” In this episode of teleSUR’s “Days of Revolt,” Chris Hedges and two Native American activists examine the problem and how to fight back.

Posted on Mar 2, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Voices From the Front Lines of the Flint Water Crisis

The Michigan crisis is, on the surface, about water—but this debacle is also about democracy.

Posted on Feb 17, 2016 READ MORE



More Than Half the World’s Population Faces Severe Water Scarcity

A new study indicates that global water shortages are much more severe than previously thought, finding that 4 billion people suffer water scarcity during at least one month during the year, while half a billion experience it throughout the year.

Posted on Feb 13, 2016 READ MORE



Flint’s Crisis Is About More Than Water

The thousands of Michigan children who were knowingly poisoned were victims of an American moral malaise: Our nation has bred generations of bureaucrats who are blind to values other than self-advancement and profit.

Posted on Feb 7, 2016 READ MORE



The Terror of Flint’s Poisoned Water

Aggrieved Flint residents and their allies are demanding immediate action to ensure safe, clean water to the people of Flint. Many are calling for Michigan Gov. Snyder to resign or even to be arrested.

Posted on Feb 3, 2016 READ MORE



FBI is Now Involved in the Investigation Into the Flint Water Crisis

Federal prosecutors are reportedly “working with a multi-agency investigation team on the Flint water contamination matter.”

Posted on Feb 2, 2016 READ MORE



People of Flint Call for Pro-Democracy Revolt to Save Their Poisoned City

Residents and advocacy organizations are seeking outside intervention and a complete overhaul of the state government.

Posted on Jan 28, 2016 READ MORE



Flint’s Water Crisis Is a Warning to Us All

We assume as a basic human right the easy access to clean water, and for most Americans it flows from the tap whenever we want. But as the lead contamination in Michigan shows, we’re more vulnerable than we think. 

Posted on Jan 27, 2016 READ MORE


VIDEO: Austerity Man









Award-winning animator Mark Fiore weighs in on the recent lead poisoning disaster in Flint, Mich.
Posted on Jan 21, 2016 ENLARGE


VIDEO: Oceans Will Be Swimming With More Plastic Than Fish by 2050, Report Warns

A new report by the World Economic Forum says 8 million tons of plastic end up in the ocean every year—the equivalent of one garbage truckload of waste every minute. The report projects that by 2050, the weight of plastic in the seas will exceed that of the fish.

Posted on Jan 20, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



President Obama, Please Come to Flint, Mich.

“Please consider this personal appeal from me and the 102,000 citizens of the city of Flint who have been poisoned—not by a mistake, not by a natural disaster, but by a governor and his administration who, to ‘cut costs,’ took over the city of Flint from its duly elected leaders, unhooked the city from its fresh water supply of Lake Huron, and then made the people drink the toxic water from the Flint River.”

Posted on Jan 18, 2016 READ MORE



Global Warming Is Draining the Waters of Life

New research warns that rising temperatures are reducing the mountain snow on which billions of people in lowland areas depend for their water supply.

Posted on Nov 14, 2015 READ MORE



Greener Cities Are Best at Taming Urban Heat

Researchers find evidence that cities with more green space are best for human well-being.

Posted on Sep 3, 2015 READ MORE



Water Is Being Used as a Weapon of War in Syria, Red Cross Says

Deliberate cuts to water and electricity supplies are causing significant suffering to civilians in the Syrian city of Aleppo, according to the aid organization.

Posted on Sep 2, 2015 READ MORE


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A Water Crisis Is Menacing Egypt

A fixed water supply for a rising population means Egypt has less water per person each year, and critics say the government has done almost nothing to resolve the crisis or even help ease the suffering of those most affected.

Posted on Aug 5, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Watch the ‘Yes Men’s’ Comical Solution to the California Drought

The activists’ spoof campaign encourages hipsters to forgo showers if they eat beef. Find out if they managed to fool anyone.

Posted on Jul 20, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


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Posted on Jul 7, 2015 ENLARGE



Stress on Water Resources Threatens Lives and Livelihoods

Satellite data raise red flags about the draining of underground aquifers in California and elsewhere to meet the demands of expanding populations.

Posted on Jun 29, 2015 READ MORE



Scientists Detect Mysterious Warming in U.S. Coastal Waters

Unprecedented ocean temperature rises off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of the United States may be linked to sea level rise or the recent pattern of “weird” weather.

Posted on Jun 28, 2015 READ MORE



NASA: The World’s Groundwater Is Quickly Running Out

Over a decade-long study of 37 major aquifers worldwide, 21 of them—including the Indus Basin, which supplies much of India’s water—showed a depletion of supply.

Posted on Jun 20, 2015 READ MORE



Climate Change Offers Rare Respite for African Farmers

Under the influence of greenhouse gases, changes in air temperature and wind patterns are increasing rainfall and crop yields in the drought-prone Sahel region.

Posted on Jun 18, 2015 READ MORE



Glacier Loss Raises High Concern Over Water Supplies

Massively increased ice melt in the high Himalayas because of climate change could seriously jeopardize the flow of water for billions of people in Asia.

Posted on Jun 3, 2015 READ MORE


Fracking Chemical in Water









Posted on May 12, 2015 ENLARGE



U.S. Braces for Even Worse Wildfire Season

Years of drought and higher temperatures mean the chance of devastating wildfires in the southwest U.S. is higher than ever—particularly in southern California.

Posted on May 3, 2015 READ MORE


California Drought









Posted on Apr 28, 2015 ENLARGE


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