September 2010

Privatizing Water Resources

EarthTalk® From the Editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: Is it true that some countries have turned over public water supplies to private companies, effectively denying local communities much-needed access? -- J. Johnson, Lancaster, PA Water is such an important part of life that it has long been regarded as a public good worth entrusting only to public entities.

Action Needed to Create Clean Energy Jobs

Original source: Apollo Alliance In honor of Labor Day, and to address the ongoing national unemployment crisis, President Obama released a proposal on Monday to spur job creation through investment in America's transportation infrastructure.

Advocates Claim Atlanta Violating Safe Drinking Water Act

Original source: The Atlanta Progressive News (APN) ATLANTA -- A group of Atlanta neighborhood activists have been engaged in a years-long battle to get the City of Atlanta to seek a permit for the shafts--through which waste water is sent into deep underground tunnels--something they believe is a requirement of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act. The tunnels go long distances to treatment plants, where the water is treated at the surface and then is discharged to a river or stream.

Japan: 13,000 Women Discuss Peace and Environment

Original source: Akahata (Japan) About 13,000 women at the 56th Japan Mothers’ Congress held in Fukushima City in Fukushima Prefecture on August 29-30 discussed ways to ensure peace and a sound environment for all children.

Worldwide Plant Extinction Crisis

EarthTalk® From the Editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: When we talk about “endangered species” we usually think of animal species, but someone recently told me that there was a worldwide crisis pertaining to the extinction of plants.

Health Risks of Farmed Salmon

EarthTalk® From the Editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: What are the differences between farmed versus wild salmon when it comes to human and environmental health? -- Greg Diamond, Nashville, TN Salmon farming, which involves raising salmon in containers placed under water near shore, began in Norway about 50 years ago and has since caught on in the U.S., Ireland, Canada, Chile and the United Kingdom.