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Pope Speaks out for Right to Water

Published Wednesday, September 9, 2009 at 2:16 am | Permalink

The pursuit of globalization has "led to a downsizing of social security systems as the price to be paid for seeking greater competitive advantage in the global market, with consequent grave danger for the rights of workers," and "budgetary policies, with cuts in social spending often made under pressure from international financial institutions, can leave citizens powerless in the face of old and new risks; such powerlessness is increased by the lack of effective protection on the part of workers' associations.


Managing Mexico’s Water

Published Wednesday, September 9, 2009 at 2:08 am | Permalink

What to do when Mexico City, the eighth-largest city in the world, swallows up watersheds, diverts water from neighboring towns and villages and sinks a bit deeper each year due to over-extraction of water?


Water Contamination Overwhelms Service Providers

Published Wednesday, September 9, 2009 at 2:02 am | Permalink

For over two weeks, Gloucester, Massachusetts residents and businesses were ordered to boil all water. For Dunkin’ Donuts, coffee is a big seller and with no boiling facilities, the boil order meant sharp temporary layoffs at their stores. You may not care much about Dunkin' Donuts' profit margins, but your heart would likely go out to the unemployed families.