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Will Wadi Fukin Lose Its Water?

Wadi Fukin, West Bank, Palestine
Text by Daniel Tepper, Photographs by Andrew Lichtenstein, January 30, 2014

The people of the Palestinian village Wadi Fukin have lived off their land for over 800 years. Now, their water supply is diminishing as the village becomes squeezed in on two sides by Israeli towns and industrial sites.

Will Wadi Fukin Lose Its Water?

Wadi Fukin, West Bank, Palestine
Text by Daniel Tepper, Photographs by Andrew Lichtenstein, January 30, 2014

The people of the Palestinian village Wadi Fukin have lived off their land for over 800 years. Now, their water supply is diminishing as the village becomes squeezed in on two sides by Israeli towns and industrial sites.

The Japanese town that was poisoned

February 11, 2015
BBC

More than 2,000 people died from eating contaminated seafood from the area, with thousands more suffered life-long damage.

It would take years before the Chisso Corporation admitted their role in the poisoning of the environment.

The Waters Beneath

February 10, 2015
Foreign Policy

In May 2009, a truck rolled through the Sheikh Yasin camp in Mardan, Pakistan’s “city of hospitality,” where thousands of people had fled following one of the country’s military offensives against the Taliban.

If water was a scarce commodity to this refugee community, ice was a luxury. And it was worth fighting for: A single block could refrigerate whatever perishables the displaced had secured for their families.

Will Wadi Fukin Lose Its Water?

Wadi Fukin, West Bank, Palestine
Text by Daniel Tepper, Photographs by Andrew Lichtenstein, January 31, 2015

Home to around 1,300 Palestinians, the village of Wadi Fukin sits in a fertile valley close to Bethlehem, right along the border with Israel. Driving along the only road that leads into town, I’m taken by the sheer size of the nearby Israeli settlement, Beitar Illit, built just to the East. White stone residential towers housing over 45,000 Israelis rise above on the hills as my car descends into the valley. The buildings slide down towards the village, ending in a towering wall built into the hillside that looms above groves of olive trees.


Thanks to Drought, Spiral Jetty Back Again

Rozel Point, Utah, United States
Shoka Javadiangilani, December 23, 2014

Built by American artist Robert Smithson over six days during a drought in 1970, ‘Spiral Jetty’, a 1,500 foot long (460 meter) and 15 feet wide (4.6 meter) counterclockwise coil made of basalt rock and earth, juts from the shore into the pinkish colored waters of Utah’s Great Salt Lake.

Last Week the Capital of the Maldives Lost Its Water Supply

Male, Maldives
Balazs Gardi, December 9, 2014

A fire in Male’s desalination plant left roughly 130,000 residents without water in the capital of the Maldives.

Over the past decade desalinated water replaced stinky and salty well water and harvested rainwater so when Male Water & Sewage Company was suddenly unable to produce and distribute drinking water neighboring countries had to deliver hundreds of tons of bottled water emergency aid to ease the crisis.

Ashokan Reservoir

West Hurley, New York, United States
Balazs Gardi, December 7, 2014

Ashokan is one of the 19 reservoirs that supply 1 billion gallons of fresh water to the City of NewYork every day.

World Toilet Day 2014

Detroit, Michigan, United States
Balazs Gardi, November 19, 2014

Access to safe and affordable water is out of reach for way too many people in the United States.

Imagine that – even for a day – you lose the running water in your home to drink, cook, bathe and flush your toilet. In Detroit it is the everyday reality of thousands of families whose water has been shut off after falling behind in paying their bills.

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Now the UN is intervening in Detroit’s water conflict. Could thirsty cities riot?

October 17, 2014
The Guardian

This intersection of poverty and water access brings to mind the “food desert” (an area underserved by grocery stores). Food deserts have created a public health paradox: without healthy food, the poor are more likely to be obese, relying on corner shops stocked with junk food. The difference is that when it comes to water, there is no alternative – fast food and sugary cereal might be the food desert substitute to fresh vegetables and whole grains, but there is no substitute for water.

California drought creates grim ripple effect

Central Valley, California, United States
Shoka Javadiangilani & Balazs Gardi in collaboration with MSNBC, August 8, 2014

“The very success of a person as a politician is dependent upon resources that come from the people that you give exceptions to” – Michael Machado, farmer and former California State Senator.

After traveling more than 2,000 miles across California, it’s clear that the state’s drought is mired in paradox with decades of water mismanagement and regional fighting. While cities – some of which never installed water meters – struggle to convince its dwellers to conserve, agriculture consumes 80% of California’s water.

National Climate Assessment

May 21, 2014
GlobalChange.gov

The National Climate Assessment summarizes the impacts of climate change on the United States, now and in the future.

A team of more than 300 experts guided by a 60-member Federal Advisory Committee produced the report, which was extensively reviewed by the public and experts, including federal agencies and a panel of the National Academy of Sciences.

Earth Day 2014

Oakland, United States
Shoka, April 22, 2014

Eight years before the first Earth Day, in 1962, Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, a scientific book decrying the abuse wreaked on nature by chemical companies careless use of pesticides, fueled the start of the environmental movement.

Fifty-two years later, we still struggle to find harmony between our obsession over progress and nature’s capacity to keep up with this unbridled hunger. The question is whether all this advancement is necessary, or if it is simply a psychosis, a disorder we’ve let run wild far too long and that should be reined in before we lose our grip with reality.