Tag Archives: water rights

The Case Against Fluoride: Toxifying the Tap

By Rady Ananda

In July of this year, the United Nations declared access to clean water a human right. The United States was among 41 nations that abstained from supporting the resolution. Since October 15th is Blog for Water Day, a close inspection of a common US practice – fluoridating city water supplies – is in order.

The subject of water fluoridation has been controversial for decades, but a new book, The Case Against Fluoride, won the accolades of a Nobel Laureate:

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Clock Is Ticking on Cleaning up Coal Ash

Coal ash is contaminating drinking water supplies in the U.S., and it is only getting worse as the waste stream grows in volume and toxicity. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency made it official on June 21, giving the public only a short period to comment on the first-ever federal rule for coal ash disposal at hundreds of dumps and landfills across the country.

The environmental group Earth Justice is trying to get 50,000 emails sent to the EPA telling them to set strong, federally enforceable safeguards against this hazardous waste.

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Opened Gulf still soaked with oil; dispersants still being used

Democracy Now! interviews Dahr Jamail 
23 Aug 2010

Areas of the Gulf of Mexico reopened to fishing still show oil and dispersants, according to local fishermen and independent journalist Dahr Jamail. Witnesses report that BP’s contractors are still spraying surface oil with dispersants. With Obama assuring us that Gulf seafood is safe to eat (despite this JAMA report to the contrary), Gulf Coast residents have to wonder if we are not under attack by our own government and the oil barons it serves. ~ Ed.

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‘Real Avatar tribe’ wins stunning victory over mining giant

By Survival International

A tribe in India has won a stunning victory over one of the world’s biggest mining companies. In an extraordinary move, India’s Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh has blocked Vedanta Resources‘ controversial plan to mine bauxite on the sacred hills of the Dongria Kondh tribe.



Mr Ramesh said Vedanta has shown a ‘shocking’ and ‘blatant disregard for the rights of the tribal groups’. The Minister has also questioned the legality of the massive refinery Vedanta has already built below the hills.

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Gasland Josh Fox cataloged what is happening across America as gas drilling has embraced hydraulic fracturing, developed by Halliburton. Tap water ignites, people get sick, plants and animals die. Support the FRAC Act: Write Congress (2010, 103 mins)

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USDA opens public comments on Monsanto’s H1-7 GM beet

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By Rady Ananda

No-GMO campaigns won victories recently in Bolivia, Luxembourg, and Japan (at least temporarily), while Bulgaria saw the introduction of a bill to clearly label all genetically modified products and to ban distribution of GM food to children. We’re not so lucky here in the States. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has deregulated over 79 GM products – the most recent being a genetically engineered (GE) soybean line developed by Pioneer Hi-Bred International. Now, APHIS seeks public input on deregulating Monsanto’s GE sugar beet known as H1-7.

You know you have something to say. You have until June 28 to do so. At this link, you can read the Notice and submit a comment.

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Israel, US and Iran: An environmental perspective

Depleted uranium bombs

By Peter Eyre
Palestine Telegraph

In my last column, I reviewed the military implications if the United States and Israel launched an attack on Iran. I will now discuss the types of weapons likely to be used and the catastrophic contamination of the entire Middle East region and the world that would result should they be foolish enough to proceed.

As with the “shock and awe” attack on Baghdad, many missiles are likely to be fired from naval vessels located in the north of the Persian Gulf. Many of these missiles contain uranium components and would form part of an initial attack on the nuclear facilities in Iran.

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