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World’s Dirtiest Rivers and Lakes

image Treehugger recently did a slideshow on the World’s Dirtiest Rivers and Lakes. While the slideshow doesn’t have anything to do with global warming, it should be important to all and especially the readers that stop by this site each week. If you are concerned with global warming then you should be concerned with most things where we have screwed up the environment to our own detriment.

Recently, there was a rather foolish announcement that said that said global warming kills over 300,000 per year already.  I didn’t talk much about this report here, as I thought it didn’t merit my time.  However, I do wonder how many real deaths (as opposed to Kofi’s fictitious 300K) are caused by poor drinking water. If you have ever been in a Starbucks, you have likely seen the bottles of Ethos water which donate part of the proceeds to clean drinking water to poor countries. Their site says:

Worldwide, nearly 1.1 billion people (roughly 20% of the global population) lack access to safe drinking water. This crisis impacts children in the developing world most. In fact, out of the 2.2 million unsafe drinking water deaths in 2004, 90% were children under the age of five.

I have a suggestion for the fiscally-stupid politicians of the US government – don’t tax me on my electrical bill with cap and trade but tax me on my water and put that money towards water for some of those 2 million children that die each year due to bad water.

I think I am going to go out to Starbucks and buy a water as soon as this post goes out! As their bottle says “Helping children get clean water”

I originally found this list of filthy water on Net-Cool (which is a great resource for finding unique things on the Internet).

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