Archive for the ‘Environment’ Category
By Jamison Maeda
In the year 2030, the demand for water will exceed our supply by 40%. This is according to a white paper published by Truscost. Drinkable water will become the world’s most valuable commodity, more valuable than gold or oil. This is not a secret. Corporations such as Nestlé, Coke, and Pepsico have been scrambling to gain control over the water market for years. In our society of gross inequality, the privatization of the world’s water supply will lead to control of our water by the wealthy, and limited access to it for the poor.
To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government his views regarding the impact of extending the number of areas from which the Pyrite Remediation Board can receive applications; if extra funding and staff have been made available as a result of this decision; and if he is satisfied that sufficient funding is in place to remediate the number of affected dwellings.
by Jamison Maeda
In 2010, an explosion on the BP Deep Horizon oil rig off the coast of New Orleans killed 11 workers and released millions of barrels of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico. This was not only the the largest U.S. offshore oil spill, but the worst environmental disaster America has ever faced.
As the clean-up began, scientists noticed that much of the oil was mysteriously unaccounted for. Recently however, studies published by the University of California at Santa Barbara and Florida State University stated that 10 million gallons of Deepwater Horizon oil have created a toxic carpet on the floor of the Gulf of Mexico 3,200 square kilometers in area, or about the size of County Clare.