Food & Water Watch Works to Keep Water a Public Resource Around the world, multinational corporations are seizing control of public water resources and prioritizing profits for their stockholders and executives over the needs of the communities they serve. These private water companies try to persuade cash-strapped cities and towns to relinquish control over their valuable public water and sewer systems.Many communities that experimented with privatization have found that it often results in worse service at a higher cost.After taking over a municipal water system, water companies aggressively hike water rates by an average of about 10 percent a year, adding hundreds of dollars onto the typical annual household bill. Read more. Food & Water Watch serves as a clearinghouse for information and an ally in organizing to ensure that water — a public resource — stays in public hands.
Qu’est-ce que cette foreuse fait dans mon jardin ? Les gaz de schiste pourraient bien concurrencer l’énergie nucléaire... y compris pour la radioactivité ! Selon les documents que s’est procuré Ian Urbina, journaliste au New York Times, les rejets des puits de gaz de schiste de Pennsylvanie contiendraient des quantités effrayantes de matériau radioactif et ultrapolluant. Semées sur la carte d’Ouest en Est de cet état, les relevées de quantités de radium dans l’eau dépassent de 20, 100, 250 parfois même plusieurs milliers de fois les limites légales, atteignant des taux dangereux pour la santé. Derrière ces chiffres, les formules secrètes des « liquides de fracturation » : non communiqués par les industriels, les produits chimiques injectés dans l’eau pour faciliter la destruction des couches de schiste renfermant le gaz et leur extraction comprendraient des substances ou dérivés de radium, uranium, benzène, etc.
Gaz de schiste : révolution énergétique, menace écologique Après avoir révolutionné le marché énergétique américain, les gaz de schistes sont désormais convoités à travers le monde... malgré une méthode d'exploitation écologiquement très risquée. Dans le nord du Texas le gisement de Barnett Shale a éveillé une nouvelle ruée vers l’or gris. Chaque mois des milliards de m3 de gaz sont extraits des couches profondes de roches de schiste sous la ville de Fort Worth. Des torrents de gaz drainés par des milliers de camions. Une activité qui, ajoutée aux rejets des raffineries, pollue plus que le tout le trafic automobile de cette ville de 725 000 habitants selon un rapport réalisé par le professeur Al Armendariz en janvier 2009, nouvel administrateur de l’EPA (Agence de protection de l’environnement américaine).
WikiLeaks Case: Bradley Manning Questioned By Prosecutors FORT MEADE, Md. — As a military prosecutor held up a knotted bedsheet in court, Pfc. Bradley Manning acknowledged on Friday that he fashioned a noose and contemplated suicide shortly after his arrest on charges of engineering the biggest leak of classified material in U.S. history. The pretrial testimony appeared to support the military's argument that it was trying to protect the former Army intelligence analyst from harming himself by taking away all his clothes, keeping him in strict isolation and shackling him when he was outside his cell. Manning's lawyers argue that the conditions he experienced for nine months at the Marine brig in Quantico, Va., amounted to illegal punishment, lasting well past the time he was having suicidal thoughts, and that the charges against him should be dropped as a result. On Friday, prosecutor Maj. Ashden Fein produced a knotted, peach-colored sheet from an evidence box on the prosecution table and held it up, displaying a loop in the fabric.
Chicago fracking hearing: Anti-fracking groups turn to Chicago for support November 29, 2013|By Julie Wernau, Chicago Tribune reporter Hundreds of miles from the shale oil of southern Illinois, nearly 300 people jammed into a hearing room in Chicago this week in an attempt to turn the tide against horizontal hydraulic fracturing. "This is where the majority of the people are. This is where the majority of the legislators are. How India's cities came to drown in sewage and waste Almitra Patel, a civil engineer by qualification, says she was first alerted to India's huge problem of inadequate waste disposal when she noticed that the frogs in the marshlands near her farmhouse, on the city's outskirts, had stopped croaking. Seeing that the frogs had died from sewage and garbage being dumped in the wetlands, she petitioned the Supreme Court in 1996 to intervene and get the city fathers to take responsibility for safe waste handling. Investigations showed that less than half of the sewage produced by this global information technology hub was being managed in modern treatment plants, with the rest ending up as raw, untreated sewage in the city's lakes and wetlands. Patel won her suit to make the safe disposal of waste a municipal responsibility, but management of solid waste and sewage remains a national problem.
Fronde de l’AQLPA contre un rapport favorable aux gaz de schiste Pieuvre.ca L’Association québécoise de lutte contre la pollution atmosphérique (AQLPA) a déclaré mardi avoir accueilli avec froideur accueille avec froideur le rapport Are We Entering a Golden Age for Gas? (Entrons-nous dans l’âge d’or du gaz?) de l’Agence internationale de l’énergie (AIE) favorable au développement du gaz de schiste. Le document, produit l’an dernier, dresse le portrait d’un monde où les tensions entourant les sources actuelles de combustibles et de sources d’énergie tracent une voie pour que le gaz naturel occupe beaucoup plus d’espace sur les marchés mondiaux, stimulant ainsi à la hausse la demande, et donc les prix pour les producteurs.
Water wars: 21st century conflicts? Click on the water conflict map to see some of Al Jazeera's coverage of an issue which could define 21st century strife The author Mark Twain once remarked that "whisky is for drinking; water is for fighting over" and a series of reports from intelligence agencies and research groups indicate the prospect of a water war is becoming increasingly likely. In March, a report from the office of the US Director of National Intelligence said the risk of conflict would grow as water demand is set to outstrip sustainable current supplies by 40 per cent by 2030. "These threats are real and they do raise serious national security concerns," Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state, said after the report's release. IEA golden rules 29 May 2012 London Exploiting the world’s vast resources of unconventional natural gas holds the key to a golden age of gas, but for that to happen governments, industry and other stakeholders must work together to address legitimate public concerns about the associated environmental and social impacts. A special World Energy Outlook report on unconventional gas, Golden Rules for a Golden Age of Gas, released today in London by the International Energy Agency, presents a set of “Golden Rules” to meet those concerns. “The technology and the know-how already exist for unconventional gas to be produced in an environmentally acceptable way,” said IEA Executive Director Maria van der Hoeven. “But if the social and environmental impacts are not addressed properly, there is a very real possibility that public opposition to drilling for shale gas and other types of unconventional gas will halt the unconventional gas revolution in its tracks. VIDEO: Q&A: Golden Rules for a Golden Age of Gas
Rationing water in a thirstier world - Opinion The right to water and sanitation is recognised in international law, but it is often left up to each local community's initiative to secure that right. And a village in the Thar Desert of western India has recently been singled out by The Hindu newspaper for its exemplary water rationing system: In Kalyanpur village of Barmer, one of the most parched and barren districts of Rajasthan, the villagers have found a solution to their water woes in water rationing. There are no fights over water distribution, no quarrels over breaking the queues or attempts at snatching other people's share of water… [the village's well] is a blessing in the barren zone for its water is very sweet and light, devoid of fluoride or other contaminations … [A steering committee has] laid down rules after assessing needs of the 1,100 families in Kalyanpur, said Loon Chand, secretary of the committee. Each family's share is about 4,000 litres per month.
Campaigners' anger over agency's shale gas report 29 May 2012Last updated at 09:34 GMT By Roger Harrabin Environment analyst Campaigners criticised the low priority given to temperature rise in the report 'Water war' threatens Syria lifeline Gaziantep, Turkey - When severe water cuts began to hit Aleppo province in early May, residents started referring to a "water war" being waged at the expense of civilians. Images of beleaguered women and children drinking from open channels and carrying jerry cans of untreated groundwater only confirmed that the suffering across northern Syria had taken a turn for the worse. However, lost in the daily reports was a far more pernicious crisis coming to a head: a record six-metre drop in Lake Assad, the reservoir of Syria's largest hydroelectric dam and the main source of water for drinking and irrigation to about five million people. Under the watch of the Islamic State group - formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) - levels in Lake Assad have dropped so low that pumps used to funnel water east and west are either entirely out of commission or functioning at significantly reduced levels.
Gas rebranded as green energy by EU Energy from gas power stations has been rebranded as a green, low-carbon source of power by a €80bn European Union programme, in a triumph of the deep-pocketed fossil fuel industry lobby over renewable forms of power. In a secret document seen by the Guardian, a large slice of billions of euros of funds that are supposed to be devoted to research and development into renewables such as solar and wave power are likely to be diverted instead to subsidising the development of the well-established fossil fuel. The news comes as a report from the respected International Energy Agency predicted a "golden age for gas" with global production of "unconventional" sources of gas (notably shale gas extracted by hydraulic fracturing or 'fracking') tripling by 2035. The resulting drop in gas prices though risks stopping the development of renewable energy in its tracks, unless governments take action to support renewable technologies such as solar and wave power.