Drinking Water: Extreme Weather Events Threaten Quality, Says Report

The greatest risks to water quality come from cumulative impacts of extreme weather events that happen sequentially, like a drought followed by a wildfire followed by a flood, says joint Australian-US study. As climate change likely increases the frequency of extreme weather events, resilience must be built into the management of watersheds and water treatment systems for recovery to happen. [Sunday Morning Herald]

Report: Society's Water Safety Net Is Fraying

A new National Research Council report examines possible "tipping points" that might occur if the rate of groundwater pumping rapidly increases. As surface water-scarce regions get drier amidst climate change, early warning water and drought monitoring systems could be necessary to protect precious resources. [Circle of Blue]

Labor Conditions Are Awful at Chicken Plants, According to Report

A new multimedia report from Oxfam America highlights the harsh conditions endured by laborers at chicken processing facilities in the US. While workers reportedly processed roughly 14,000 chickens in a workday, they were paid an average of $11 an hour, and suffered exceptionally high rates of injury due to the repetitive and dangerous nature of the work.

Blankenship Warned About Massey Safety Problems, New Memo Shows

Less than a year before the Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster, then-Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship was warned by one of Massey's top safety officials about serious problems at his company's operations, according to a new memo that surfaced earlier this year. The memo is now among the key evidence prosecutors hope to use to prove criminal charges against Blankenship. [West Virginia Gazette]

Moving Toward Universal, Quality Water and Sanitation Services

People in less developed countries have better access to water than to good sanitation, a fact learned from the "water for development"-themed World Water Week 2015 that concluded today. Without access to both clean water and sanitation, economic progress won't occur. Improved governance, finance and capacity are required to realize those goals. [World Bank Water Blog]

China's Middle Class Turns to Organics After Food Safety Scares

Deadly food safety incidents in China have led middle class Chinese consumers to seek organic and imported foods. Already rife with air and water pollution due to lax regulation, China has international notoriety for horrendous food safety failures that have sickened and killed people in China and elsewhere. Not all consumers can afford or find safer food, however, making regulation overhaul critical. [Guardian]

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