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Slovenia adds water to constitution as fundamental right for all

Agence France-Presse in Ljubljana Thursday 17 November 2016 19.17 EST

Parliament adopts amendment that declares country’s abundant clean supplies are ‘a public good managed by the state’ and ‘not a market commodity’

Slovenia has amended its constitution to make access to drinkable water a fundamental right for all citizens and stop it being commercialised.

With 64 votes in favour and none against, the 90-seat parliament added an article to the EU country’s constitution saying “everyone has the right to drinkable […]

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Higher levels of Fukushima radiation detected off West Coast

Dec 3, 2015, The Statesman Journal

Higher levels of radiation from Japan’s 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident are showing up in the ocean off the west coast of North America, scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution reported Thursday.

And an increased number of sampling sites are showing signs of contamination.

The new findings are important for two reasons, said Ken Buesseler, the Woods Hole scientist who was the first to begin monitoring radiation in the Pacific after the accident.

“First, […]

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Australians Survived a 13-Year Drought

If you think California’s four-year drought is apocalyptic, try 13 years. That’s how long southeastern Australia suffered through bone-dry times.

But it survived. When the so-called Millennium Drought ended in 2009, residents of Melbourne, Australia’s second-largest city, were using half the amount of water they had when it began.

A group of researchers from the University of California, Irvine, set out to investigate how Melbourne, a city of 4.3 million people, dramatically cut water consumption, and whether the city’s experience […]

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Looking Back at the Cochabamba Water Revolt – 15 Years Ago

The Legacy and New Echoes of the Water War – 15 Years On

It is impossible to overstate the impact of the people’s victory in Cochabamba against Bechtel. At a time when winning real victories seemed like a distant dream, we suddenly saw that it was still possible to win, even against a giant U.S. multinational. That truth reverberated around the round, spreading hope and, most of all, courage, wherever it traveled. – Naomi Klein, author of This Changes […]

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Conflict over water rights in Ecuador

If you are going to pass unpopular legislation, you may as well do it while everyone is watching the World Cup. When Ecuadorians were focused on soccer, the government fast-tracked a new water law, endorsing the privatisation of water and permitting extractive activities in sources of freshwater. The controversial law was approved without a fuss in four days by a governing party that controls about two-thirds of legislative seats.

Social sectors reacted with a cross-country walk […]

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Toxic Waters, Part 2: Focus Should Be Clean Up, Not Do Not Eat, Tribal Leaders Say

Terri Hansen 1/12/14

The problems associated with contamination in Northwestern waters are mounting.

For years the many contaminants in Washington State waterways have prompted the state’s Department of Health to issue official warnings against eating Washington fish too frequently. Washington currently has fish consumption advisories issued throughout the state.

“The tribes are not only interested in protecting all the species of fish they eat, but they’re also concerned about protecting their economic interests,” said Ann Seiter, fish […]

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U.S. Side Calls For Columbia River Treaty To Be ‘Modernized’

The American negotiating position became clearer Friday in what promises to be difficult bargaining to update a water treaty with Canada.

After years of discussion on this side of the border, two federal agencies formally asked the U.S. State Department to “modernize” the nearly 50-year-old Columbia River Treaty.

In 1964, the U.S. and Canada ratified the Columbia River Treaty to ensure flood control and steady hydropower production along the shared river. It has worked, but in the American view, […]

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6 questions about Nike’s water-less fabric dyeing technology

By Allan Brettman | abrettman@oregonian.com on December 03, 2013 at 12:07 PM

 

Nike on Tuesday introduced machinery that can dye fabric without using water.

 

The technology could dramatically alter the resource-gobbling process currently used to dye fabric. The introduction, at a contract factory in Taiwan, was the latest step in the water-less, fabric-dyeing path for the world’s largest footwear and apparel brand.

 

Here are six questions The Oregonian posed to Oregon-based Nike on […]

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Ocean of Change: Changing chemistry of seawater poses lethal threat to marine life

Published: Sept. 22

 

Oregon fishermen tell stories of strange events on the Pacific Ocean that have made them shudder over the past half dozen years.

The Whiskey Creek Shellfish Hatchery on the state’s north coast watched oyster larvae die en masse for three years in a row in the mid-2000s — depriving oyster farms along the entire West Coast of seed oysters.

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The Last Breath

Photograph by Kseniya Saberzhanova, 17, of Russia.

National Geographic, Your Choice Public Vote winner.

National Geographic sponsors a children’s photograph contest, whose goal is for children to share how they see the planet through photographs.