Ottawa – As the first anniversary of the UN General Assembly’s historic recognition of the human right to water and sanitation draws near, the Council of Canadians is releasing a new report today by chairperson Maude Barlow, titled Our Right to Water: A People’s Guide to Implementing the United Nations’ Recognition of the Right to Water and Sanitation. The report is available here.
The report finds that Canada is legally bound to respect the UN vote, and therefore to address the pressing issue of access to water and sanitation in First Nations communities…
I am writing this letter to send deep regards and thanks to Sandi and her staff at the White Wolf Inn in Stratton.
Sandi generously hosted the Mother Earth Water Walkers when they came through Stratton on May 11. We all enjoyed excellently cooked and filling meals at the restaurant, and slept soundly in the Inn’s quaint and comfortable rooms…
…For those who did not hear about this event, the Mother Earth Water Walk is a ceremony envisioned and actualized by the Anishinabe Native American Tribe to raise people’s awareness of water across North America…
…Water is the source of all life, and if you start to think about it, you will begin to realize that it is a part of everything. By bringing salt water to fresh water, walkers are symbolically cleansing and healing our water…
Bottled water then and now; that’s apple cider in the glass bottle.
by Steve Cartwright
When I was a kid, some upscale folks bought Poland Spring water in glass bottles to demonstrate their refined taste. Me, I just drank tap water. I mean, this wasn’t root beer. It’swater.
But now nearly everybody, even environmentalists, seem to be clutching a plastic Poland Spring bottle, or some other brand such as Coca-Cola-owned Dasani. Dasani, by the way, is reputedly just tap water in a bottle with a price tag. But you’d think it’s something stronger and more addictive, like the unhealthy, caffeine-laced Coke.
Why are we so easily seduced by hype? Someone in the boardroom is laughing at us, we foolish people buying plastic bottles full of the exact same stuff we can have for free, without degrading the environment and emptying our wallets.
Nestlé Waters CEO Kim Jeffery is eyeing a bottle production plant for the East Coast.
Report: Nestle Waters plans new plant
Nestle Waters North America reportedly is interested in building a $30 million bottling plant at an unspecified location on the East Coast, which could produce some 40 million bottles from recycled materials annually.
Stamford-based Nestle Waters occupies a large section of supermarket shelves and convenience store coolers, with Poland Spring, Nestle Pure Life and Ice Mountain among its brands.
Plastic News reported the Nestle subsidiary wants a plant operational within a year’s time.
Separately, CEO Kim Jeffery told Dow Jones the company raised prices on its bottled water nearly 10 percent in April, due to the cost of plastic used to make bottles rising more than 40 percent since last October.
–Thanks to Save our Groundwater/NH. Originally posted 6/3/11 by Westfair Business Publications
FRAMINGHAM -Concerned about a 500 percent increase in water quality complaints, the state and town are monitoring Nestle’s Poland Spring bottling plant on Pennsylvania Avenue.
State and town inspectors first visited the facility in April, looking for the cause of unpleasant taste, odor and sickness reported by some Poland Spring home and office delivery customers…..
Stamford, Conn.-based Nestle Waters told officials they’ve noticed a sharp increase in complaints over the past year about water bottled in Framingham.
There were 3,573 complaints involving taste and odor and 54 complaints about illness between last September and April that trace back to the plant at 105 Pennsylvania Ave., near the Southborough line, the company says….
Inspectors suspected that complaints could possibly be tied to peeling paint on some pipes and water droplets from condensation that were falling from overhead pipes near the bottle rinsing area, Zemel said…
Defending Water Congratulates Wales, New York, for protecting their community and their water from the destructive gas drilling practice known as “fracking” which injects water laced with toxic chemicals into the ground to release natural gas from shale rock.
“This local law embodies the will of our residents to protect our natural resources from destruction, so our children and grandchildren can have the quality of life we enjoy.” – Councilmember Mike Simon
The Ordinance includes a local “bill of rights” that asserts legal protections for the right to water; the rights of natural communities; the right to local self-government, and the right of the people to enforce and protect these rights through their municipal government. [link to full story below] Continue reading →
As hundreds of million of Chinese move to cities and enter the middle class, China faces a huge demand for new infrastructure.
At the same time, Beijing looks to fixed-asset investments to keep the economy booming.
The resultant infrastructure push is incredible. A list of 108 super projects is floating around Chinese message boards. From highways spanning the continent, to the largest wind power base in the world, to a modern Silk Road that links Europe and India, to new cities in the desert, China is showing what it really means to do big things.
$102 MILLION: The Pingtang telescope will be the world’s largest radio telescope when completed in 2016
With no room for expansion at the current Kunming Wujiaba International Airport, the local government decided to build a new airport tentatively called Kunming Xiaoshao International Airport. With the completion of the new Kunming, the old Kunming will be demolished and all operations will be transferred from the old to the new.
$33 BILLION: The Beijing Shanghai High Speed Railway is the world’s longest high-speed rail project
M.I.C Gadget via flickr
$44 BILLION: China is one out of 32 countries who signed an agreement for the construction of highways to span the continent and reach Europe
Other Great Chinese Infrastructures worth mentioning
rikj via flickr
$2.6 billion: China’s construction of the Libyan coastal railway project
$4.5 billion: Guangzhou Nansha Lair shipbuilding base project
$5.0 billion: Niger oil project
$5.4 billion: Changxing Shipbuilding Base will be the world’s largest shipbuilding base project
$7 billion: Sudanese oil project
$7 billion: China’s construction of the Algerian East-West Highway Project
$10.7 billion: Baosteel million-ton steel base project in Zhanjiang East Island
$11.7 billion: Rural Market Project
$20 billion: Portland Oilfield Sinopec investment
$26.8 billion: Tianjin ethylene project
$38 billion: Zhangzhou and Fuzhou-Xiamen railway projects
$77.5 billion: Super markets projects
$77.5 billion: Liaoning Hongyanhe Nuclear Power Project
$237 billion: State Environmental Protection Eleventh Five-Year Plan
$800 billion: Zhejiang Sanmen nuclear power project
$900 billion: Northern Energy and Chemical Base project
$1 trillion: Tianjin Binhai New Area investment