Thursday, November 13, 2008

Water Is an Immigration Issue | Desal Making Drought Worse? | Bush's Parting Shots

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November 13th, 2008
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Profligate Water Use in the U.S. Is Fueling the Flight of Mexicans Across the Border  

Profligate Water Use in the U.S. Is Fueling the Flight of Mexicans Across the Border
By Jo-Shing Yang, AlterNet
Green lawns, swimming pools, and corporate farms in the desert Southwest are taking their toll on our neighbors to the south. Read more »

 

I'm really excited this week that we have another piece by Jo-Shing Yang. One of the great things about looking at water issues is seeing how interconnected they are to so many other issues -- health, security, poverty, etc. But this week Yang looks at our profligate water use in the Southwest and how that, coupled with climate change and our trade policies, is having a huge effect on the migration of people from Mexico to the U.S.

And speaking of interconnections, make sure you check out Joe Romm's piece about desal in Australia. It looks closely at the idea of a climate "feedback loop." The so-called solution of desal to our water problems are actually making our water and climate issues a lot worse.

We've got other great stories, this week. So, take a read about our acidifying oceans, Bush's last ditch attempt to leave the world's worst president's legacy, the fall of bottled water sales, and Riki Ott's ideas for a separation of corporation and state.

Also, I'm working on story that looks at what the priorities should be for our next president and Congress, when it comes to water issues -- if you have ideas, please send them my way: tara@alternet.org.

Thanks for reading,

Tara Lohan, Managing Editor

 

Is Australia Making Its Drought Worse by Turning to Desalination Plants for Water?  

Is Australia Making Its Drought Worse by Turning to Desalination Plants for Water?

Unfortunately it is a classic case of "climate feedback" as desal plants cause more emissions and ocean acidification. Read more »

How Climate Change Is Killing Our Oceans  

How Climate Change Is Killing Our Oceans

Our CO2 habit has caused the oceans to acidify and entire ecosystems are threatening to literally crumble away. Read more »

Why We Need the 28th Amendment to the Constitution: Separation of Corporation and State (VIDEO)  

Why We Need the 28th Amendment to the Constitution: Separation of Corporation and State (VIDEO)

Marine biologist, author, fisherma'am, and Exxon Valdez survivor, Dr. Riki Ott has a new vision that can help save American communities. Read more »

Bush's Parting Shots at the Environment Are Major  

Bush's Parting Shots at the Environment Are Major

Last ditch efforts by Bush to undermine environmental policy will affect water, climate change, endangered species and public lands. Read more »

Environment Scores a Big Win as Bottled Water Sales Fall  

Environment Scores a Big Win as Bottled Water Sales Fall

The campaign against bottled water companies is paying off. Read more »

 

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