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We are attending a pre-screening tonight and we will give our own review tomorrow. It is interesting that although Dupont disputes the movie’s account, it plans no counter-offensive in the media. “Unfortunately, in a situation like this, it just doesn’t do you much good to fight it out in the public eye. That would just drive more and more attention to it,” DuPont CEO Mark Doyle told NPR. Telling.
Farmers in the Eastern U.S. are increasingly turning to irrigation systems to ensure the predictability of their harvests — in Georgia irrigated farmland has increased fifteen-fold from 1960 to 2015, according to government records, and crop yields have soared. But so have water disputes in the once water-rich states of the Southeast.
Why This Matters:Eastern states are not ready for the coming water shortages — their laws and policies were written with water abundance in mind.
New Orleans city officials, according to BuzzFeed News, buried a 2017 city Inspector General Report that showed that they had failed to test for lead in the water and they claimed that the City’s water was safe even though they were unable to locate the city’s many lead pipes — both of which they are required to do under the federal Safe Drinking Water Act. And last week, water samples from 27 schools in Virginia Beach, Virginia were found to have levels of lead higher than industry safety recommendations.
Why This Matters: Lead exposure is extremely bad for children. According to the World Health Organization, children are “particularly vulnerable” to lead poisoning. Experts say that young children absorb 4-5 times more of the lead they ingest than adults, and high levels of lead in the bloodstream can adversely affect the development of their nervous systems and brains.