A list of news and blog posts and other web items we stumbled upon in the past week…
- “Reason with water rather than repel it”: Architects take on Boston’s watery future (Salon) – Boston is incredibly vulnerable to sea level rise, which has led to a competition to redesign Boston for the year 2100 given the assumption that sea levels will be five feet higher than present.
- UUSC Human Rights Innovative Fellowship (UUSC) – The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) Human Rights Innovation Fellowship includes a grant of up to $25,000 that will be awarded to the individual or organization with the most innovative project that addresses a major challenge in advancing the human right to water. Applications due April 3 2015.
- Why freshwater shortages will cause the next great global crisis (The Guardian) -Discusses the global nature of water crises experienced at the local level. Links to articles that share more detail of current drought in São Paulo, Brazil and California, US.
- Despite protections, Miami port project smothers coral reef in silt (NY Times) – series of missteps, mistakes and other errors in planning and execution of a dredging project leads to negative outcomes for endangered staghorn coral.
- Dirty water and lack of safe toilets among top five killers of women worldwide (Water Aid) – With more than 370 million women worldwide without access to clean water and 1.25 billion without access to a clean toilet, dirty water and lack of safe toilets are linked to more deaths of women worldwide than diabetes, HIV/AIDS, or breast cancer.
- Jodie Foster: For Women, It’s Personal (Water.org-YouTube) – “For women around the world, the struggle to gather water for their families is a personal, everyday battle.” Advocates the Water.org mission of helping women access safe water so that these women can help their families.
- Growing seasons changing across the globe (Zee News) – Summarizes a study from the journal Nature Climate Change stating that overall vegetation period has grown longer, which could have impacts on agriculture and species whose life cycles depend on the vegetation period.
Contributed by Shafik Islam, Kyle Monahan and Amanda Repella