How much would you pay to stay alive? As climate change makes the planet less hospitable for human life in numerous well established locations, a major push is taking place by transnational corporations to secure claims on the most valuable commodity on earth – water. While privatizing and commidifying water supplies has been a neoliberal project for some time, the stakes and opportunities for profit have risen dramatically as a changing climate shifts water resources around the world.
|By: DSWright Tuesday July 29, 2014 10:00 am|
|By: Brian Sonenstein Thursday July 10, 2014 2:14 pm|
After facing international condemnation for shutting off access to clean water for thousands of Detroit residents, the Detroit Free Press reported yesterday that the water department will finally begin pursuing corporate debts.
But it’s too little, too late. Over 7,000 residents already had their service cut off in June alone, before a single business faced the threat of collection.
|By: Jane Hamsher Monday July 7, 2014 9:00 am|
Why oh why did they pick the hottest month of the year to escalate a program to turn people’s water off?
|By: williamboardman Saturday May 31, 2014 7:59 am|
Radioactive water has flowed from the Fukushima complex into the Pacific Ocean continuously since March 11, 2011. The flow rate varies, most likely, but no one knows what the rate is and there is no reliable system in place to measure the flow. There is also no reliable system in place to measure the intensity of the radiation, which also most likely varies.
|By: DSWright Wednesday March 19, 2014 10:50 am|
An attempt to ban fracking in Johnson County, Illinois has failed by a 58-42 vote after the only two newspapers in the country refused to run advertisements from those supporting the initiative. According to the group Southern Illinoisans Against Fracturing our Environment (SAFE) Johnson County’s only two newspapers – The Goreville Gazette and The Vienna Times – refused to run advertisements promoting the fracking ban.
|By: Jcoleman Tuesday January 21, 2014 5:46 pm|
So little is known about 4-MCHM that regulators didn’t even know it’s boiling point. Now scientists are scrambling to find out how the chemical reacts with the chlorine in the municipal water system, and whether the chemical has leached into water heaters and water pipes in people’s homes. Authorities recommend that all pipes that have come in contact with the pollutant be flushed, including water heaters and outdoor faucets.
However, West Virginia American Water, the company that owns the water treatment facility contaminated by the coal chemical, is only offering a 10 dollar credit (1000 gallons) to consumers. The cost of flushing homes will therefore fall on already struggling West Virginians.
|By: Tom Engelhardt Tuesday July 30, 2013 6:00 pm|
Martha and the Vandellas would have loved it. Metaphorically speaking, the New York Times practically swooned over it. (“An unforgiving heat wave held much of the West in a sweltering embrace over the weekend, tying or breaking temperature records in several cities, grounding flights, sparking forest fires, and contributing to deaths.”) It was a “deadly” heat wave, a “record” one that, in headlines everywhere, left the West and later the rest of the country “sweltering,” and that was, again in multiple headlines, “scary.”
|By: DSWright Tuesday July 16, 2013 7:30 am|
So where does all that information the NSA is collecting on Americans and the world go? One place will be the NSA’s massive new spying complex in Utah. Apparently all that data takes a toll on the computers as it has been reported that the center requires 1.7 million gallons of water a day to operate.
|By: DSWright Monday April 22, 2013 11:15 am|
Peter Brabeck, the Chairman of Nestle Group, has a theory about how the world should work regarding access to water and he would like to share his theory (of not sharing).
Brabeck is not a fan of nature, at least not as it is understood today. Saying man can now provide “balance to nature.” Brabeck disparages the “organic movement” and those opposing genetically modified food saying he prefers the American system which, he claims, has not produced a single case of illness. Brabeck may be omitting or may genuinely not know that no one in the US could document such a case of illness, even if it occurred, because GM food is not labeled in America. Brabeck suggests Europeans should cast aside their organic inclinations and adopt the American system.