Failed harvests, disease, deteriorating water and pasture conditions, and animal deaths mean 12 million need food aid now, and the situation is fast deteriorating
Worst drought in 35 years causes crop failures, widespread malnutrition in 10 countries. More than 640,000 drought-related livestock deaths have been reported due to lack of pasture, lack of water and disease outbreaks.
Reading for reds and greens: Michael Moore on Flint water; Bill McKibben and Robert Fanney on climate and the Zika virus; Richard Fidler on Venezuela; Martin Empson on jobs, climate, justice
High-water marks in the midwest U.S. are inching higher as global warming makes megafloods more common
Massive transformation of the global water cycle is threatening billions of people around the world. This 3-minute film charts the scale of change.
Why capitalism must grow; The cost of climate change; Banks invest $80 billion into coal; Major aquifers in trouble; Global wealth inequality gets much worse
Nearly half a million people have been told that their tap water is unsafe to drink, poisoned by industrial farming, sewage, storm water runoff and industrial pollution.
BP’s ongoing threat to the Great Lakes; What happened in Lac Megantic; To stop climate change, stop capitalism; Michael Lowy on ecosocialism
The sea-level rise of 10 to 16 feet will come in decades, rather than centuries. It will submerge nearly every port city in the world.
Book Review: ‘Plastic Ocean’ is an important contribution to broad awareness of the ever-growing conflict between our systems of production and the circle of life.
The company that poisoned West Virginia’s drinking water decided that public health was less important than its bottom line, while politicians stood by.
Fertilizer run-off from the U.S. midwest is forecast to kill most fish in a dead zone the size of New Jersey.
If present trends continue, by 2025 1.8 billion people will face absolute water scarcity, and almost almost half of the world’s people will face water stress.
77 million Bangladeshis are drinking arsenic-affected water. The arsenic is naturally occurring, but the failure to stop it, and the resulting health disaster, have deep social causes.
Over half of all of the fresh, surface water withdrawn from the environment in the U.S. today is used by power companies. They take the profits, and society pays the price.
At the 6th World Water Forum, Canada’s government successfully undermined the UN-recognized human right to water, and supported efforts by multinational water corporations to promote the privatization of water
Executive Summary of Fracking: The new global water crisis, published March 9, 2012 by Food and Water Watch Within the past decade, technological advances in horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” have enabled the oil and gas industry to extract large quantities of oil and natural gas from shale formations in the United States. However, […]
The UN says that access to water and sanitation is a human right … so why aren’t we seeing any action?
“We believe it would be suicide to follow the path of privatization and commercialization of water and public services.” Speech by Ambassador Pablo Solon, Permanent Representative of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, at the United Nations discussion on the right to water and indigenous peoples, May 24, 2011. +++++ Thank you very much, Madam President. […]
A new report from the Council of Canadians calls for the allocation of significant resources to protecting the Great Lakes as a Commons, a Public Trust and a Protected Bioregion (more…)