More than a third  of all Americans may have PFAS-contaminated drinking water.  Harvard public health scientist say exposure of 1 ppt of PFAS is detrimental to human health + The “Million Parts Per Trillion Tour” and Most Contaminated Military Bases

More than a third  of all Americans may have PFAS-contaminated drinking water.  Harvard public health scientist say exposure of 1 ppt of PFAS is detrimental to human health. AMERICA’S MOST CONTAMINATED MILITARY BASES By Pat Elder, Militarypoisons.org March 9, 2019 I drove across the country with my daughter Holly last week to draw attention to the reckless behavior of the military …

Women and Rivers Congress: as our communities and our environment face repeated violations of right to life and livelihood – new visions for our collective future must be born. And with them, new strategies and ways of coming together to share, learn, and inspir

International Rivers is honored to announce the first convening of women water leaders at the Women and Rivers Congress to be held in Nepal from March 6th to 10th, 2019. In this time of climate chaos, as our communities and our environment face repeated violations of right to life and livelihood – new visions for our collective future must be …

Turning the tide of water privatization: between 2000 and 2015, there were 235 cases of water ‘remunicipalisation’– the process by which a city, region or national government terminates or refuses to renew water concessions, leases or management contracts with private companies, in order to bring water back under public control

Privatizations saw extreme price hikes resulting in poor people losing all access to water. In response to the crises, these countries enshrined the right to water as a human right in their constitutions. With the rapidly spreading trend of remunicipalisation, 100 million people across 37 countries now benefit from water as a public good, rather than a private commodity. In the industrialised …

Pope Francis agrees, water is life and a basic human right. Promote life by protecting, sharing clean water, allowing it to remain “chaste” as St. Francis described it

Where there is water there is life, making it possible for societies to arise and advance.  Our common home needs to be protected.  St. Francis tells us, water “serves with humility” and is “chaste”, when we do not pollute it. – The Pope speaks at seminar on “The human right to water”- Feb 24, 2017: “Where There is Water There is …

Looming Water Shortage: New Report Predicts The Impact Of Climate Change On Nepal’s Mountains May Be Much Worse Than We Thought

TERRIFYING ASSESSMENT OF A HIMALAYAN MELTING: New Report Predicts The Impact Of Climate Change On Nepal’s Mountains May Be Much Worse Than We Thought. By Kunda Dixit, Nepalitimes.com February 5, 2019 While the global media’s attention is on the Greenland ice sheet, the Arctic and eastern Antarctica, a landmark report released this week shows that the Himalaya will face catastrophic meltdown during this …

Rapid Transition: Turning the tide of water privatization – the rise of the new municipal movement

Story of change from RapidTransition.org. Posted on 28 January 2019. See lessons Turning the tide of water privatization – the rise of the new municipal movement People around the world are reclaiming their access to water as a basic human right, by seizing control of their water supplies from private companies. This matters because one of the biggest impacts of climate breakdown …

A third of Himalayan ice cap doomed, finds report, even under a 1.5 C trajectory, pointing to the urgency of a rapid shift off of fossil fuels.

At least a third of the huge ice fields in Asia’s towering mountain chain are doomed to melt due to climate change, according to a landmark report, with serious consequences for almost 2 billion people, even under a 1.5 C trajectory, pointing to the urgency of a rapid shift off of fossil fuels. Two-thirds would be gone on the current path — glaciers …

Fracked Shale Oil Wells Drying Up Faster than Predicted, Wall Street Journal Finds

By Sharon Kelly , DeSmogBlog, January 10, 2019 In 2015, Pioneer Natural Resources filed a report with the federal Securities and Exchange Commission, in which the shale drilling and fracking company said that it was “drilling the most productive wells in the Eagle Ford Shale” in Texas. That made the company a major player in what local trade papers were calling “arguably the largest single …

Should water, gas, and electricity utilities be nationalised?

In Debating Europe, https://www.debatingeurope.eu/2016/04/04/should-water-gas-and-electricity-utilities-be-nationalised/ 04/04/2016 Three Quarters Of British People Want To Re-Nationalize Utilities, Leonard Hyman & William Tilles , OilPrice.com, Jan 27, 2018 Also see: https://utilityweek.co.uk/the-case-for-renationalisation/   Should basic services such as water, gas, and electricity utilities be governed by the free market? Or should they be considered a “public good”, and nationalised to keep prices down?  The latter policy fell out of fashion …