Water
City of Newark Reaches Settlement In Lead Pipe Lawsuit

City of Newark Reaches Settlement In Lead Pipe Lawsuit

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer On Tuesday, the city of Newark, New Jersey settled years-long litigation surrounding the dangerously high levels of lead in the city’s drinking water. The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the Newark Education Workers Caucus (NEW) sued state officials in June 2018 for violations of the federal Safe Drinking […]

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Aquifers, 8% of Earth’s Land Area at Risk of Sinking, Flooding

Aquifers, 8% of Earth’s Land Area at Risk of Sinking, Flooding

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer A first-of-its-kind study has found that in the next 20 years, 1.6 billion people will be affected by crumbling aquifers. Subsidence, the degradation of aquifers due to over-extraction of water and drought, causes the earth to cave in reducing aquifers’ ability to hold water and puts communities at risk […]

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In EJ Win, Navajo Nation Settles Lawsuit Over 2015 Oil Spill

In EJ Win, Navajo Nation Settles Lawsuit Over 2015 Oil Spill

In an environmental justice win, last week the Navajo Nation settled a lawsuit it brought against mining companies resulting from a destructive oil spill in 2015 that poisoned rivers in three western states.

Why this Matters:  This spill was devastating, contaminating 200 miles of river on Navajo lands — farmers and water utilities had to stop drawing from those rivers.

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Lead Pipes Continue to Plague Millions, Especially in Black Communities

Lead Pipes Continue to Plague Millions, Especially in Black Communities

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Despite a century of knowledge on the dangers of lead poisoning, dozens of studies showing the impacts of lead on children’s development, and high-profile humanitarian disasters like the 2014 Flint Water Crisis, millions of Americans are still being exposed to lead in their drinking water. What’s worse: new studies […]

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Global Warming has Pushed Western States into a “Forever Drought”

Global Warming has Pushed Western States into a “Forever Drought”

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Water experts say that worsening drought conditions across the nation may be here to stay. Extreme drought conditions in western states like Utah, Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico were once a semi-centennial occurrence, happening every 50 years. Now, these droughts are a common occurrence that disproportionately burdens low-income communities. […]

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Turkey Is Praying for Rain

Turkey Is Praying for Rain

Turkey is experiencing its most severe drought in a decade after critically low rainfall over the past six months. Istanbul has less than 45 days of water remaining. Ankara, the country’s capital has 110. Other cities also face limited water and depleted dams, and farmers are concerned about crop failure.

Why this Matters: Things are so bad, the imams are telling their worshipers to pray for rain.

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