Record Missouri flooding was manmade calamity, scientist says

Record Missouri flooding was manmade calamity, scientist says

Intersection of Interstate 44 and Route 141 in St. Louis County, Mo., on Dec. 30, 2015. Water levels more than 4 feet higher than previous record floods closed a 20-mile stretch of the highway. (Photo: © Sid Hastings)

At the end of December 2015, a huge storm named “Goliath” dumped 9–10 inches of rain in a belt across the central United States, centered just southwest of St. Louis, most of

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This sister earth now cries out to us –Pope Francis

This sister earth now cries out to us –Pope Francis

Pope Francis makes a religious, ethical, humane, scientific, and practical case for stewardship of this earth and its waters, with moral and ethical bases for “the choices which determine our behaviour”. His case does not require any reader to be Catholic or Christian, as the Pope integrates his faith with the science of an integral ecology.

You don’t have to agree with everything he wrote (I don’t) to agree with … [more…]

Controversial groundwater withdrawal sparks question of who owns South Carolina water

Google's controversial groundwater withdrawal sparks question of who owns South Carolina water

Who gets the water decides the region’s future, its development and livability. That’s why "water wars" are erupting in South Carolina, and that’s why the withdrawals by high-tech companies like Google are so controversial.

Forty million gallons of surface water per day now are pumped to customers by the Berkeley Water and Sanitation utility. Google, the marquee computer network company, apparently uses one-tenth of it — about 4 million gallons … [more…]

New York expands drinking water protections for millions

New York expands drinking water protections for millions

Last week, New York’s leaders did more to protect the Empire State’s rivers and drinking water than at any other time since the modern environmental movement began more than a half a century ago. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature have completed a multi-year plan known as the Water Infrastructure Act of 2017 to invest a whopping $2.5 billion in the Empire State’s sagging water infrastructure.

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Choosing water over gold: El Salvador bans metallic mining

Choosing water over gold: El Salvador bans metallic mining

Deep divisions mark El Salvador: between left and right, rich and poor, gangs and police. Yet last week, when the country’s Congress voted to prohibit metallic mining, those divides seemed to melt away.

From the left-wing Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN) to the right-wing National Republican Alliance (ARENA), every party signed on to pass the bill unanimously, 69 to 0. San Salvador’s Archbishop José Luis Escobar Alas called the … [more…]