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World Peace Requires Access to Safe Water

World Peace Requires Access to Safe Water

International Peace Day is Sept. 21. Mekela Panditharatne, attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council, submitted the following op-ed to EcoWatch in commemoration. In drought-ravaged East Africa, the cracks in the plains echo the fault lines splitting tribes. Across the globe, the devastation of deadly brawls is being exacerbated by tensions over access to water. […]

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    World Peace Requires Access to Safe Water

    World Peace Requires Access to Safe Water

    International Peace Day is Sept. 21. Mekela Panditharatne, attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council, submitted the following op-ed to EcoWatch in commemoration. In drought-ravaged East Africa, the cracks in the plains echo the fault lines splitting tribes. Across the globe, the devastation of deadly brawls is being exacerbated by tensions over access to water. […]

    Syria Opens Its First Solar-Powered Hospital

    Syria Opens Its First Solar-Powered Hospital

    By Heba Kanso After months of testing, a hospital in Syria will have uninterrupted power last week, charged by solar power in a project designers hope will save lives and can be repeated across the country. Syria’s electrical grid has taken a big hit after six years of a volatile civil war with most the […]

    Ethnic Bloodshed Linked to Climate Change

    Ethnic Bloodshed Linked to Climate Change

    By Tim Radford Ethnic conflict linked to tragic episodes of civil war, waves of refugees and even the collapse of nation states could be made more likely by climate-related disasters. A team of European scientists say they can demonstrate, “in a scientifically sound way,” a link between civil violence based on ethnic divisions and episodes […]

    Syria: Another Pipeline War

    Syria: Another Pipeline War

    The fossil fuel industry’s business model is to externalize its costs by clawing in obscene subsidies and tax deductions—causing grave environmental costs, including toxic pollution and global warming. Among the other unassessed prices of the world’s addiction to oil are social chaos, war, terror, the refugee crisis overseas, and the loss of democracy and civil […]

    Peak Water: What Happens When the Wells Go Dry?

    Peak Water: What Happens When the Wells Go Dry?

    Lester Brown Photo courtesy of Shutterstock Peak oil has generated headlines in recent years, but the real threat to our future is peak water. There are substitutes for oil, but not for water. We can produce food without oil, but not without water. We drink on average four liters of water per day, in one […]