Movie Review: Even the Rain

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JKs8aSb7eo Spain's official submission to this year's Academy Awards, También la lluvia, is a film that draws parallels between the historical European colonization of Central and South America and the more ambiguous economic colonization by multinational corporations today. The common denominator in both is access to natural resources. The plot follows a fictional film crew … Continue reading Movie Review: Even the Rain

Tentative Environmental Victories in Bolivia and Burma

In 2005, Evo Morales campaigned on a platform of justice for indigenous communities in Bolivia but after recent police crackdowns on indigenous groups who were protesting a 200-mile highway project through the northern Amazon, his image has soured. The crackdown has been bad PR for Morales and on Monday he apologized for police behavior and said the highway plan was … Continue reading Tentative Environmental Victories in Bolivia and Burma

Valete Lacus

The UNEP/GRID-Arendal has a number of interesting maps related to poverty and the environment on their website, including this one, of Lake Chad: (Philippe Rekacewicz (Le Monde diplomatique), February 2006)An alarming number of seas and lakes around the world are facing the same fate as Lake Chad, including Chapala in Mexico, Israel's Lake Tiberias (aka … Continue reading Valete Lacus

Sharing the Mekong

Just as Earthscan prepares to publish a new book, Contested Waterscapes in the Mekong Region, news came out this week that water levels in the Mekong River are the lowest they’ve been in 20 years. Fishing’s bad, irrigation sources are drying up and cargo ships have been grounded, according to Al Jazeera. In Southeast Asia, … Continue reading Sharing the Mekong

Wellspring

Right before Yemen was grabbing headlines for being connected to the Christmas day bombing attempt on a Northwest flight, the biggest news coming out of the country was its water shortages, not terrorism. Oil is one thing to run out of, but water? The show's over if that ever happens. Yemen is the canary in … Continue reading Wellspring

Dam

This week I watched the 2007 film Up the Yangtze. The movie follows the trials of a poor family living along the shores of the river as the Three Gorges Dam nears completion and the water rises over their little home. The undercurrent running through the story is the way wealthier people skirt the obvious: … Continue reading Dam