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Water

Protecting it from overuse, pollution, and privatization.

Coral Reefs for Climate Justice? The Oceans Can’t Speak, But They Need Our Help Coral Reefs for Climate Justice? The Oceans Can’t Speak, But They Need Our Help
by Richard Schiffman
The world under the waves is under attack from climate change, overfishing, and pollution. But major marine sanctuaries are making a difference.
Guardians of the Plains: One Lakota Family's Plan to Fend off South Dakota's Epic Drought Guardians of the Plains: One Lakota Family's Plan to Fend off South Dakota's Epic Drought
by Kristin Moe
Long years of drought in South Dakota have made it difficult for the soil to absorb water. A group led by indigenous women hopes to change that through a ambitious dam-building project.
Trash Into Treasure: 6 Cool Things Made from Sea Plastic Trash Into Treasure: 6 Cool Things Made from Sea Plastic
by Liz Pleasant
As the problem of marine pollution gets serious, people around the world are turning ocean trash into all sorts of useful objects.
This Solar-Powered Water Wheel Can Clean 50,000 Pounds of Baltimore’s Trash Per Day This Solar-Powered Water Wheel Can Clean 50,000 Pounds of Baltimore’s Trash Per Day
by Brandon Baker
The Inner Harbor Water Wheel is proving to be an effective answer to the city's water pollution problem.
Why Boston Has the Best Tasting Tap Water in the Country Why Boston Has the Best Tasting Tap Water in the Country
by Daniel Moss
The secret ingredient in Boston's prize winning tap water? Forest conservation.
San Francisco Bans Sale of Plastic Water Bottles on Public Property San Francisco Bans Sale of Plastic Water Bottles on Public Property
by Molly Rusk
The ban is set to go into effect in October 2014, and will be the first of its kind in the nation.
W. Virginia's Grassroots Response to Water Crisis: A Movement in the Making? W. Virginia's Grassroots Response to Water Crisis: A Movement in the Making?
by Dana Kuhnline
Community responses to the Elk River chemical spill draw on West Virginia's long, proud history of grassroots work for environmental and economic justice.
West Virginians Harvest Rainwater in Wake of Chem Spill West Virginians Harvest Rainwater in Wake of Chem Spill
by Molly Rusk
Residents whose tap water was polluted are finding that rainwater is an affordable alternative.
Dirty, Pricey, and Obsolete: Why Desalination Is Not Worth Its Salt Dirty, Pricey, and Obsolete: Why Desalination Is Not Worth Its Salt
by Adam Scow
Efforts to curb the consumption of water are getting great results and making expensive desalination plants obsolete.
Your Body is a Body of Water Your Body is a Body of Water
by Jourdan Keith
A storyteller asks what you'd do if you knew your body was part of the water web.
Will Tar Sands Drain the Rockies Dry? Will Tar Sands Drain the Rockies Dry?
by Kristin Moe
From snow to glacier, from river to delta, and back again. Now, that centuries-old cycle has been interrupted by the tremendous volume of water required to extract oil from the Alberta tar sands.
Mining for Gold: A “Pact With the Devil”? Mining for Gold: A “Pact With the Devil”?
by John Cavanagh, Robin Broad
The economic crisis—and the rising price of gold—have spurred North American firms to reopen mines and attack environmental regulations. Here’s what we can learn from El Salvador’s moratorium on new mining permits.
Blockade Aims to Stop Southern KXL Pipeline Blockade Aims to Stop Southern KXL Pipeline
by Christine Leclerc
Activists in the Gulf Coast aren’t willing to stand by while a portion of the controversial pipeline gets fast-tracked.
Paula Garcia: Acequias Return to the Land Paula Garcia: Acequias Return to the Land
by Heidi Bruce
Protecting a 400-year-old water management system from industrial takeover is also about protecting the Southwest's future.
Jennifer Real: Protecting Clean Water Jennifer Real: Protecting Clean Water
by Jennifer Kaye
This PTA mom is leading the fight against toxic waste in her Texas hometown.
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