SchwartzReport: Top 12 Ecologicially Sustainable Countries

Stephan A. Schwartz

Stephan A. Schwartz

Because we are controlled by carbon interests we rank 33rd on the Environmental Performance Index. Other countries not as encumbered have already begun to move to sustainability. In the coming decades they are going to prosper, we are going to suffer increasing decline until we change our social policies to reflect well as the first priority.

12 Ecologically Sustainable Countries and Why They Should Be Admired
JODIE GUMMOW

LIST ONLY:

1. Iceland   .   2. Switzerland   .   3. Costa Rica   .   4. Sweden   .   5. Luxembourg   .   6. Germany   .   7. Cuba   .   8. Colombia   .   9. Singapore   .   10. France   .   11. Norway   .   12. Finland

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Sep 1

Berto Jongman: Places Where You Cannot Drink the Water

Categories: 12 Water
Berto Jongman

Berto Jongman

The Centers for Disease Control has opinions on which countries’ drinking water is safe, and 5thEye has mapped their advice:.

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Aug 15

Yoda: Tolodo Water Toxins

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Got Crowd? BE the Force!

Got Crowd? BE the Force!

Water in Toledo found to contain toxin; emergency declared

With 600,000 people at the west end of Lake Erie advised Saturday not to drink their tap water due to the presence of a toxin, experts here said water remains safe.

“There’s no cause for alarm here,” said Paul Whittam, director of water quality services at the Erie County Water Authority. “Water quality is excellent on this end of the lake.”

Water at a Toledo, Ohio, treatment plant has tested positive for microcystin, a toxin known to cause liver and kidney damage, leaving thousands of Ohio residents without water and prompting a state of emergency Saturday.

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Aug 7

Berto Jongman: No Drinking Water by 2040? Need Global Energy Paradigm Shift! Privatization is NOT the Answer

Berto Jongman

Berto Jongman

‘There Will Be No Water’ by 2040? Researchers Urge Global Energy Paradigm Shift

Reports: World Faces ‘Insurmountable’ Water Shortage

by Nadia Prupis, staff writer

Common Dreams, 30 July 2014

The world risks an “insurmountable” water crisis by 2040 without an immediate and significant overhaul of energy consumption and demand, a research team reported on Wednesday.

“There will be no water by 2040 if we keep doing what we’re doing today,” said Professor Benjamin Sovacool of Denmark’s Aarhus University, who co-authored two reports on the world’s rapidly decreasing sources of freshwater.

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Aug 5

Graphic: How Much Water for Which Food?

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Aug 4

SchwartzReport: Top Agribusiness Companies Poisoning Clean Water with Unlimited Garbage and Pesticide Dumping

Stephan A. Schwartz

Stephan A. Schwartz

This is one of the central failures of American corporate vampire capitalism. Because it only considers profit as a priority, polluting the water of a nation and putting the full spectrum of life at risk is no big deal, and they want to be allowed to continue it.

Top Agribusiness Food Companies Dumping Waste in Our Waters
ELIZABETH RENTER – Natural Society/Nation of Change

Companies like Tyson Foods, Cargill, Inc., and Perdue Farms Inc. dump their garbage-more than 206 million pounds of it-into our water almost every year and leave others to worry about the clean-up. Now, as the Environmental Protection Agency considers a rule to restore the Clean Water Act, these companies are pulling out all the stops to maintain their freedom to dump and pollute, regardless of the toxic outcomes.

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Aug 3

Berto Jongman: Insecticides put world food supplies at risk, say scientists

Berto Jongman

Berto Jongman

Insecticides put world food supplies at risk, say scientists

Regulations on pesticides have failed to prevent poisoning of almost all habitats, international team of scientists concludes

The world’s most widely used insecticides have contaminated the environment across the planet so pervasively that global food production is at risk, according to a comprehensive scientific assessment of the chemicals’ impacts.

The researchers compare their impact with that reported in Silent Spring, the landmark 1962 book by Rachel Carson that revealed the decimation of birds and insects by the blanket use of DDT and other pesticides and led to the modern environmental movement.

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Jun 26

SchwartzReport: Water Denial as War Measure

Stephan A. Schwartz

Stephan A. Schwartz

That water is destiny is becoming clear to all but the dimmest minds. By the end of this decade we will be seeing water wars.

UN Decries Water as Weapon of War in Military Conflicts
THALIF DEEN – Common Dreams/Reader Supprted News

The United Nations, which is trying to help resolve the widespread shortage of water in the developing world, is faced with a growing new problem: the use of water as a weapon of war in ongoing conflicts.

The most recent examples are largely in the Middle East and Africa, including Iraq, Egypt, Israel (where supplies to the occupied territories have been shut off) and Botswana.

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May 22

SchwartzReport: Arizona Town Runs Low on Water

Categories: 12 Water
Stephan A. Schwartz

Stephan A. Schwartz

This is the other end of the Water is Destiny Trend spectrum. Rising sea levels will produce one migration — away from the coasts, while what happened in Williams, will spread across the Southwest and Plains states, and create another.

Arizona Town Near Grand Canyon Runs Low on Water

The Associated Press

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May 13

Neal Rauhauser: Lebanon’s Record Drought

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Neal Rauhauser

Neal Rauhauser

Lebanon’s Record Drought

Lebanon faces water crisis after record winter drought contains grim details about water supplies in Lebanon.

Lebanon’s meteorological service says the country has had just 431 mm (17 inches) of precipitation since September, less than half last year’s 905.8 mm and far below the yearly average of 812 mm.

The UN refugee agency UNHCR warned in February that the presence of more than a million Syrian refugees alongside four million Lebanese would seriously deplete the country’s renewable water resources.

What does half the normal rain and a 25% population increase due to refugees mean in a country that remains stable only due to a delicate balancing act among the various ethnic and sectarian groups?

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May 10