Daily Archives: January 13, 2014

West Virginia chemical spill hits water supplies | Climate Connections

http://climate-connections.org/2014/01/13/west-virginia-chemical-spill-hits-water-supplies/

January 10, 2014. Source: Reuters

Workers pump a foaming agent used in the coal preparation process at Freedom Industries in Charleston. Photograph: Tyler Evert/AP

A chemical spill along a West Virginia river has resulted in a tap water ban for as many as 300,000 people, shutting down schools, bars and restaurants and forcing residents to queue at stores for bottled water.

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin declared a state of emergency for nine counties as a result of Thursday’s spill of 4-Methylcyclohexane Methanol, a chemical used in the coal industry. The spill occurred along the Elk river in Charleston, the capital of the eastern US state.

Health officials were advising residents to use the water only for flushing toilets and fighting fires.

“West Virginians in the affected service areas are urged not to use tap water for drinking, cooking, washing or bathing,” Tomblin said in a statement. “Right now, our priorities are our hospitals, nursing homes and schools.”

Local media showed pictures of West Virginia residents queuing at stores for bottled water, and shelves that had been emptied of their supplies.

Dr Rahul Gupta, health officer for the Kanawha-Charleston and the Putnam County health departments, ordered the closure of all restaurants, tattoo parlours and schools that received water from the West Virginia American Water company.

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Woman Behind The Push To “STOP KILLER ROBOTS” Nobel Prize Winner Jody Williams

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Published on Jan 13, 2014

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Wendy Leonard speaking on her family’s experience with fracking


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Uploaded on Jan 1, 2013

Wendy Leonard describes why her family had to move out from Erie, Colorado to the neighboring town of Louisville to escape the poisonous effects of fracking on her young family (recorded November 30, 2012 in Louisville, Colorado)

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Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative (OPHI)

http://www.ophi.org.uk/

To build a multidimensional economic framework for reducing poverty grounded in people’s experiences and values.

Oxford Department of International Development

Queen Elizabeth House University of Oxford

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101 Organizations to Watch in 2014 | Food Tank

http://foodtank.org/news/2014/01/one-hundred-one-organizations-to-watch-in-20141

Food Tank compiled a list of 101 organizations playing a vital part in creating a better food system. (shutterstock)

There’s no shortage of organizations around the world who are working to create a more sustainable, more just food system. Food Tank is honored to highlight many of these groups every week, showing the world that solutions to alleviating hunger, poverty, obesity, food waste, and environmental degradation not only exist, but have huge potential to be replicated and scaled-up.

Organizations like La Via Campesina, are encouraging small farmers to pursue local solutions to regional food security; the Savory Institute is teaching holistic management practices to ranchers; and organizations, like Oldways and Slow Food International, are determined to preserve the benefits of traditional foods.

To help readers stay up to date, Food Tank has compiled a list of 101 organizations to watch in 2014.

All of these organizations are playing a vital part in creating a better food system and Food Tank is excited to highlight their stories of success, hope, and innovation in 2014.

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Noam Chomsky: Language and Other Cognitive Processes


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Published on Nov 27, 2012

The nature of human language is still not completely understood. How do infants learn language? How does it fit in with other cognitive processes? Noam Chomsky, noted linguist, philosopher, and social critic explores the complexities of language and its study. This lecture was presented by Boston College and recorded on 7/20/11. View more lectures at: http://www.youtube.com/user/WGBHForum

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Carbon Free Home


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Published on Jan 13, 2014

Stephen and Rebekah Hren discuss their book, The Carbon-Free Home: 36 Remodeling Projects to Help Kick the Fossil-Fuel Habit.

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