U.N. Investigator on Extreme Poverty Issues Grim Report — On The U.S.A.

U.N. Investigator On Extreme Poverty Issues A Grim Report — On The U.S.

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 First Nation and other communities left out of Canada’s clean water promise: Grand Chief

Oneida First Nation and other communities left out of federal clean water promise: Grand Chief

AIAI Grand Chief Joel Abram has been lobbying in Ottawa with other AIAI member nation representatives for the past three days.

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 data shows NYC tap water is chock-full of toxic chemicals

New data shows that NYC’s tap water is chock-full of toxic chemicals

Photograph: Courtesy CC/Wikimedia Commons/ Darwin Bell

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…]

How a private water company brought lead to Pittsburgh’s taps

photo: Pittsburgh funicular rivers

Credit: AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar

“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


Iowa’s water quality problems: What you need to know

Iowa's water quality problems: What you need to know

In early 2018 the Iowa Legislature took a step in addressing Iowa’s water quality with a plan to reduce nitrogen and phosphorous levels by 45 percent. Kelsey Kremer/The Register

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