Earlier this week West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin said the following about whether people should be drinking the water in Charleston and downstream: "It's your decision. ... I'm not a scientist." For the 300,000 people affected by the coal chemical spill from two weeks ago, I bet that's very reassuring.
Just as with the rather ridiculous and exaggerated claims about the calamities that would befall all of us if we removed lead from gasoline, we hear similar refrains about the catastrophic consequences of eliminating incandescent bulbs. And yet, just as with lead removal, the economy did not collapse as the bulb phaseout was implemented.
For thousands of Americans left reeling under the ban on tap water in West Virginia, these past weeks have been just short of a nightmare. In the blink of an eye, access to the safe water we take for granted in the United States became a serious challenge.
Will Shuanghui stand up to the challenge and lead this industry into a clean future? Only time will tell - but the clock is ticking!
All our key challenges in the next decade are interlinked. In order to meet them, we need to fully understand how they are related.
The drought proclamation formally recognizes that "extremely dry conditions ... may continue beyond this year and more regularly into the future." This calls for permanent and fundamental changes in our behavior. Here are five ways to get started.
Landfills, principally used in the Americas, are the worst solution as the materials take years, potentially centuries, to decompose, leaching toxins into the ground and methane into the air.
Less than two percent of our oceans enjoy meaningful protection. Scientists know that more is necessary, but persuading political leaders is a struggle.
As a West Virginian, this has been a sad, frustrating, and infuriating time for me, though I do not live in the area affected by last week's coal chem...
Can education save the one out of every five children in India who die before the age of 5 from infections caused by dirty water? I believe it can, and I believe India's 500 million children are the ones who can and must lead the transformation in hygiene practices that can save these lives and help address the nation's water crisis.
Would a better system of permitting and inspecting chemical facilities have prevented this disaster from occurring? Would it prevent a different type of accident, say if an out-of-control barge or tractor-trailer runs into a chemical storage tank?
Pebble Mine would carve a massive open pit out of the pristine watershed that feeds the most lucrative wild salmon runs in the world. Every year, tens of millions salmon return to the region, supporting bears, wolves, and whales as well as people.
...is the subject of the emails I have been sending out to basically everyone I know. The fact that I was in India didn't register with me until...
Today, in yet another sign that the massive Pebble Mine is doomed, the London-based mining giant Rio Tinto publicly announced that it is considering "divestment" from the uniquely reckless project, proposed for the headwaters of the most productive wild salmon fishery in the world.
In this story, it was regular citizens and a federal court, not the Ghost of Christmas Future, that gave the County a glimpse of what it means to be on the hook for Clean Water Act fines.
Think about how many times you've used clean water today. Did you wake up and take a sip of water from the glass on your bedside table? Did you take a shower, brush your teeth, use the bathroom and wash your hands? Did you make a cup of coffee?