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New Zealand river granted same legal rights as human being

Thursday 16 March 2017 00.50 EDT

In a world-first a New Zealand river has been granted the same legal rights as a human being.

The local Māori tribe of Whanganui in the North Island has fought for the recognition of their river – the third-largest in New Zealand – as an ancestor for 140 years.

On Wednesday, hundreds of tribal representatives wept with joy when their bid to have their kin awarded legal status as a living entity was passed […]

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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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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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UPDATE: VICTORY! UN Voting 7/28 on Right to Water

The UN took an historic vote on July 28 when it passed a resolution introduced by Bolivia on the Human Right to Water and Sanitation. Thanks to all who left messages for the Ambassador and/or signed the Credo petition. The resolution got 122 votes in favor, 41 abstentions including the US, and did not get any no votes. The U.S. did not succeed in watering down the resolution, but joined 40 other countries (list below), including Great Britain […]

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