Ethiopia accuses Trump of inciting 'war' over Nile dam

Addis Ababa (AFP) - Ethiopia on Saturday accused Donald Trump of inciting "war" over a massive Nile River mega-dam after the US president spoke out against the project and suggested Egypt might destroy it.Foreign Minister Gedu Andargachew summoned US ambassador Michael Raynor to clarify Trump's comments, which mark the US president's latest foray into a delicate, long-running dispute between Ethiopia and downstream neighbours Egypt and Sudan.  Gedu told Raynor that "the incitement of war between Ethiopia and Egypt by a sitting US president neither reflects the long-standing partnership and str...

Libertarian Pundit John Stossel Defends Price Gouging Victims of Hurricane Florence Tragedy - Here's Why He's Wrong

Libertarians can be great at calling out overreach from Republicans and the Christian Right, often stressing that they consider themselves to be “social liberals” who are “fiscal conservatives.” The late Arizona Sen. Barry Goldwater, who had nothing good to say about the Christian Right and was a blistering critic of the late Rev. Jerry Falwell, Sr., has often been quoted by members of the Libertarian Party. But libertarians can also be apologists for the worst aspects of predatory “free enterprise,” and a perfect example is John Stossel’s recent defense of price gouging during Hurricane Florence.

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Corporate Food Brands Drive the Massive Dead Zone in the Gulf of Mexico

Whole Foods bills itself as “America’s healthiest grocery store,” but what it’s doing to the environment is anything but healthy. According to a new report, the chain is helping to drive one of the nation’s worst human-made environmental disasters: the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico.

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3 Ways EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Protects Polluters Instead of Public Health

The latticework of alleged ethics violations swirling around U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt certainly calls into question his fitness to serve our country. Far more dangerous, though, is his utter fealty to polluters, which drive policies that present devastating threats to the air we breathe and the water we drink. The consequences of his disastrous decisions jeopardize the health and welfare of current and future generations.  

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Michigan Tells Residents That Flint Water Is Safe Now - But Public Trust Is Totally Eroded

On April 6, 2018, with little warning, the state of Michigan closed water point of distribution (POD) centers that have provided residents in Flint for the past three years with bottled water to drink, cook and bathe. This move was based on analysis showing that the city’s water quality had tested below action levels defined in federal drinking water regulations for nearly two years.

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On Earth Day, Dancers and Poets Will Join Forces to Plant Seeds of Action (Video)

On April 22, 1970, a Dead Orange march wound its way through downtown Miami. On people’s minds that day was air pollution, saving the Everglades and sewage in the waterways.

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Despite Overwhelming Opposition From Residents, Michigan Permits Nestlé to Draw More Groundwater for Bottling

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) has granted Nestlé Waters a permit to increase groundwater withdrawal from 250 gallons per minute to 400 gallons per minute from its White Pine Springs well for the purpose of bottling drinking water.

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WATCH: #LessOilMoreWater, Amazon Communities Are Banding Together to Demand Clean Water

As Alexander Zaitchik reported earlier this week, Big Oil has been polluting the usually lush Amazon forests for decades. Oil companies, Zaitchik writes, "spilled billions of barrels of crude and related pollutants in the rivers and forests of the Upper Amazon." It's particularly dire in Ecuador and Peru, where "traditionally abundant groundwater sources—rivers, streams, and lagoons—are contaminated beyond use." 

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On World Water Day, New Campaign Kicks Off to Bring Clean Water to the Oil-Contaminated Upper Amazon

A quarter-century after the United Nations designated March 22 World Water Day, its observance is more urgent than ever. Around two billion people consume unsafe water every day; close to a million die each year from related contamination and disease. Another 700 million—most of them women—travel hours by foot to the nearest water source. Global freshwater demand, meanwhile, is expected to spike a third by 2050, as climate change and pollution put further strains on supply.

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Bottled Water, Brought to You by Fracking

The new Food & Water Watch report Take Back the Tap: The Big Business Hustle of Bottled Water details the deceit and trickery of the bottled water industry. Here’s one more angle to consider: The bottled water business is closely tied to fracking.

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Cape Town Is Set to Become the World's First Major City to Run Out of Water (Video)

How will humanity respond to future crises caused by climate change? Some scenarios envision us rising to the occasion, tackling adaptation head-on and weathering the literal and metaphoric storms. Those with less faith in our fellow humans predict more pessimistic outcomes.

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