Posts Tagged ‘water

spiked has published a letter by me on the desirability of encouraging Indian villagers to use foot pumps to provide themselves with water. It is in response to an exchange between Brendan O’Neill, who argued that carbon offsets were being used to encourage such primitive technology, and Michael Buick of Climate Care who advocated such […]

Monitoring the alleged sins of modern life Evidently showering is good – it uses less energy than baths – but singing or thinking in the shower are bad. Time spent not actually cleaning yourself means using more energy which in turn means more global warming. According to a helpful press release (PDF) from Energy Australia, […]

One of the oddest arguments around at present is that we are facing a global water shortage. Michael Specter recently expressed this view in the 23 October issue of the venerable New Yorker. Although the article is not available on the website an online interview with him can be found there. Given there is so […]

Few commentators seem to have noticed just how far the Labour Party went last week in its advocacy of environmental austerity (see also 25 September dispatch). For example, David Miliband, the environment minister, used his platform speech to promote what he called “one planet living”: “I propose we adopt a new goal as a country: […]

Some 1 billion people do not have access to safe water and 2.6 billion lack access to basic sanitation, according to a report by Unicef. This lack of access to clean water and sanitation contributes to the deaths of 1.5 million children under the age of five from diarrhoea every year. Young women and girls […]

Monitoring the alleged sins of modern life Tap water is sinful according to CityAM, a free daily newspaper for those who work in the City of London, especially if it is hot. An article in today’s issue warns: “It appears that some carcinogenic industrial solvents such as benzene and methylene chloride can be present in […]

The idea of a global water shortage seems particularly odd. There is so much of it in the world and it is the ultimate recyclable commodity – once it is used it can often easily be reused. Yet much of the reporting of the World Water Week in Stockholm suggests there is a global water […]