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…]

Top Teen 2017 finalist: Joseph Goldstein uses his voice for Boundary Waters

Top Teen 2017 finalist: Joseph Goldstein uses his voice for Boundary Waters

Joseph Goldstein was diagnosed with high-risk lymphoblastic leukemia when he was in eighth grade — but he doesn’t let that define him. Two years ago, the Make-a-Wish foundation approached Joseph and asked him what his potential wish would be. Joseph knew exactly what he wanted to with his wish, and no it was not to go to Disney World, or meeting a favorite celebrity — instead, he wanted to donate

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