Philip Alston wanted to know: Just how bad is poverty in the United States? He’s an Australian law professor who in 2014 was appointed as a United Nations special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights. He contacted the Obama administration before the presidential election to get permission to undertake a fact-finding mission in the United States. The Trump administration honored the invitation. Now, after two weeks of reporting, Alston … [more…]
Oneida Nation of the Thames falls through the cracks of the federal government’s commitment to safe drinking water for First Nations communities, according to the Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians (AIAI) Grand Chief Joel Abram.
He and other AIAI nation representatives have been lobbying in Ottawa this week … [more…]
New York City praises the quality of its tap water as "world-renowned," but a new trove of data tells a bit of a different story.
Earlier this week, nonprofit organization Environmental Working Group released a database detailing the toxic chemicals that are present in drinking water systems across the country. The data, sourced from the Health Department and an assessment by the Environmental Protection … [more…]
“The levels in Pittsburgh are comparable to those reported in Flint”
In the summer of 2015, Metropolis Magazine named Pittsburgh one of the world’s “ most livable ” cities and gushed about its infrastructure, “The city has more vertical feet of public stairways than San Francisco, Cincinnati, and Portland, Oregon, combined.” But the magazine hadn’t done its research.
Around the same time, the city’s water
It seems like Iowans have feuded over water quality since farmers began draining the swampy prairie more than a century ago to turn it into some of the most fertile farmland in the world. On Tuesday, legislators agreed to send the