The Guardian received a leaked copy of the draft negotiating text for the Rio +20 conference on sustainable development. Only about 20 percent of the document’s language has been settled, and critics of the process fear a weak agreement or even no agreement could be reached.
Water is part of the draft text, but it is not being integrated with other prominent sectors such as energy, according to an IPS News interview with a researcher from the Stockholm International Water Institute.
This week the first of two dams will be removed from the Penobscot River in Maine. NPR looks at the negotiations that made the dam removal possible.
For its series “Pollution, Poverty, People of Color,” Environmental Health News talks with people in California’s Central Valley who worry about the safety of their tap water because of high levels of nitrates.
Despite the backing of a federal law, civil society groups in Indonesia’s capital have not been able to get financial information from the two private companies that manage the city’s water system, the Jakarta Globe reports.
An editorial from the San Antonio Express-News argues that if residents want to keep their lawns, the price of water must increase because new supplies are significantly more expensive and drought restrictions limit the cheap groundwater the city can pump.
Brett writes about agriculture, energy, infrastructure, and the politics and economics of water in the United States. He also writes the Federal Water Tap, Circle of Blue’s weekly digest of U.S. government water news. He is the winner of two Society of Environmental Journalists reporting awards, one of the top honors in American environmental journalism: first place for explanatory reporting for a series on septic system pollution in the United States(2016) and third place for beat reporting in a small market (2014). Brett lives in Seattle, where he hikes the mountains and bakes pies. Contact Brett Walton