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by / on October 31, 2010 at 8:23 pm / in Asia, Cover Story, Issue, World

Environmental Migrants

…000 communities are at high risk of being engulfed. Farmers, herdsmen, and urbanites alike must grapple with the water shortages accompanying desertification. According to the United Nations, the sum of these effects may create 50 million environmental refugees in China alone by the end of 2010. Compounding the works of nature, poor resource management and rising global consumption have placed new stresses on water sources. In the majority of str…

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by / on March 26, 2014 at 10:38 pm / in Domestic, Environmental, Mounir Ennenbach, Web Columnists

From Sea to Shining…Puddle?

…days of severe smog than the notoriously-polluted capital did. And the air quality isn’t the only problem: water contamination abounds in these developing countries, with virtually all of India’s bodies of water suffering from pollution. This is the typical ‘environmental path’, so to speak, that developing countries tend to follow. Take the United States, for instance. During its “industrial age”, huge tracts of land were defor…

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by / on October 7, 2011 at 4:44 pm / in Most Recent Column, Opinion, World

Left High and Dry

…i International Trade Fair has a hidden underbelly, which tells an entirely different story: exploitation of the water and electricity supply of nearby slums. The fair is nestled between Kibera to the east and Jamhuri to the west, which are considered some of the world’s worst urban slums.  These blighted neighborhoods also unwillingly provide much of the energy and water supply the fair requires to run every year. In Kibera, wires are illegally…

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by / on December 2, 2007 at 5:11 am / in Domestic, Environmental, Issue, Main Menu

Environmental Justice

…ity of Chengde. According to the Global Policy Forum, there are approximately 300 potential conflicts concerning water around the world, originating from arguments over river borders and the drawing of water from shared water sources. One of the most serious disputes involving the control of riverheads is between India and Pakistan. Hostilities over water are intensifying as supply becomes scarce for both states. A report by the Asia-Pacific Cent…

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by / on May 4, 2013 at 5:40 pm / in Domestic

Rain Check for Reform

…her the damage was caused by wind-driven storm surges or flooding. The media quickly coined this as the “wind v. water” debacle. The case of James “Bud” Ray illustrates how many insurance companies took advantage of the uncertainty in wind and water damage. After Hurricane Katrina, Ray started the insurance claim process with a notice of loss to the insurer. This is followed with the insurance company’s investigation to determine the cause for th…

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by / on April 8, 2014 at 6:47 pm / in Africa, Issue, World

Diamonds Aren’t Forever

…. Because of its drought problems, the people and government of Botswana rely on groundwater supplies to provide water for the nation. De Beers lobbyists have forced government officials of Botswana to supply Debswana with a guaranteed percentage of water reserves for business purposes, decreasing the supply for the general population. Diamond mining has also degraded land potentially useful for herd grazing; in an effort to secure lands for diam…

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by / on February 20, 2013 at 11:28 am / in Domestic, Opinion

A Culture of Waste

…d, including three days after reporting the issue myself to the Hospitality Desk. In the process, 231 gallons of water were lost, or 33 gallons per day. By comparison, the per capita daily availability of water in Jordan, the country where I grew up, is 24 gallons. Living between two large rivers, we take it for granted here in Manhattan that some 800 million people around the world have no safe drinking water supply. As declared by Paul Roberts,…

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by / on May 2, 2007 at 8:56 pm / in Africa, Issue, Main Menu, World

Empowe(Red)

…our wallets give us power. And so, products are being created expressly with the ethical consumer in mind. Ethos Water, recently acquired by Starbucks, is one such product. It is just water, and it costs $1.80 for a 700 mL bottle, and yet people like the idea that five cents of their money goes to providing clean water to the disadvantaged, and so they pay up and feel good about what they just bought. Companies with bad reputations are trying to…

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by / on December 16, 2012 at 9:01 pm / in Africa, Organizations, World

Gimme, Gimme More

…alized that foreign investors’ use of land-grabbed territories is unsustainable and could cause massive food and water crises in Africa. Some, including Henk Hobbelink, a coordinator of GRAIN, an organization supporting small farmers, have even called the problem of water abuse in land-grabbed territories “hydrological suicide” for the African continent. If foreign investors were to use green procedures, sustainable farming techniques, or other m…

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by / on November 5, 2012 at 9:47 pm / in Domestic, Environmental, Student Stump

Big Fracking Deal

by by Justin Walker Editor’s Note: CPR asked three student groups on campus to discuss the increasingly more visible practice of hydrofracking and its possible effects on the environment, the energy sector, and the American economy. Delta GDP: Jacob Boeri As it currently stands in the United States, hydraulic fracturing (hydrofracking) is unsustainable. It will have disastrous effects environmentally with extremely limited shor…

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