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In response to yesterday’s report touting the “aggregate” economic benefits of liquefied natural gas exports – commissioned by the U.S. Department of Energy and conducted by NERA Economic Consulting – Food & Water Watch Executive Director Wenonah Hauter and Clean Ocean Action Executive Director Cindy Zipf released the following statement…
Some energy analysts are predicting that natural gas will be the fuel of the future if advances in drilling technology allow drillers to tap into domestic shale rock formations on a large scale. But because of the impacts that the technology can have on water, natural gas could become our next energy disaster.
As climate change and the global water crisis are triggering more alarms, Food & Water Watch examines what role fracking increasingly plays in advancing both of these alarming issues.
Federal funding for water infrastructure has been targeted by the House, whose proposal cuts the Environmental Protection Agency’s State Revolving Funds for clean water (sewerage) and drinking water.
Not only is bottled water not safer than tap water and way more expensive, it also creates mountains of garbage. Bottled water companies also mislead communities into giving away their public water in exchange for dangerous jobs. And with declining bottled water sales in the US, people in developing countries are being targeted to make up for lost revenue.
Communities that have experimented with privatization have found that it does not solve their water woes. In fact, many private companies are providing worse service at a higher cost than most public utilities.
Help protect access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation, get on board with Food & Water Watch Renew America’s Water campaign.
Residents, students, activists, and communities across the country want to kick the bottled water habit and protect their access to clean, safe, affordable water. Get inspiration from college campuses and find out what you can do to Take Back the Tap.
There may be dangerous chemicals in your everyday household products that persist in the environment, mix with other chemicals to form more toxic chemicals, contribute to the growing problem of bacterial resistance to antibiotics, and causes a range of human health problems.
An analysis of tap water found higher levels of arsenic in areas where chicken litter is spread on fields than where it is not. Get eight ways your health is impacted by arsenic in chicken feed and what Food & Water Watch is doing about it with our Hold the Arsenic campaign.
The full impact of the Japanese nuclear crisis remains to be seen, but the health risks posed by radioactive contamination are well documented. A major avenue for exposure is through food and water.
As cities face increasing water management problems, some companies and elected officials are pushing an expensive, energy-intensive technology called ocean water desalination. Desalination separates salt from seawater. It might sound like a good idea, but this technology’s hazards far outweigh its potential benefits.
Make the most of the water you use in your home. Consider taking shorter showers. Invest in a low–flow toilet or put a plastic bottle filled with water in your toilet tank to reduce the amount of water used per flush. Turn off the tap while brushing teeth or shaving.
According to the World Health Organization, an estimated 1.7 billion people still lack access to clean water. 2.3 billion people suffer from water-borne diseases each year. While the demand for water is on the rise, the supply is shrinking. Water-intensive agriculture, population growth, industrial pollution, breakneck development and other ecological threats are depleting freshwater supplies.
In communities around the country, citizens are seeing the effects of a decline in one of our most crucial but least understood natural resources: groundwater.
When water becomes an expensive commodity, social cohesion erodes in neighborhoods and communities. The result is that basic rights become privileges.
Borrow a film from Food & Water Watch’s water film library to learn more about water issues and even host an event to help spread the knowledge to others.