Residents of West Oakland are exposed to far more than their fair share of toxic diesel pollution. To examine the impacts of diesel pollution on West Oakland communities, the Pacific Institute created this report in partnership with the West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project and the Coalition for West Oakland Revitalization. Residents were employed to conduct on-the-ground research, looking at innovative ways to raaaw fulleduce truck traffic and pollution in residential areas and improve community health. The report offers solutions that could improve air quality without harming industry.
The IG 2.0 could take a variety of forms, from merely tweaking the numbers (e.g., elevation tiers, shortage levels, etc.) in the existing reservoir operations framework to more fundamental (and controversial) changes in how water (and risk) is allocated and managed. What ideas have merit?
When a person fails to pay their water utility bill, their water service can be disconnected. Lack of water in the home compromises health, and renders housing legally uninhabitable and untenantable. Shutoffs also pose a financial burden; in addition to the original debt, there are usually fees associated with late payment, notice of an impending shutoff, and service reconnection.
No one need explain the true value of water to 54-year-old Elizabeth and her family in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. She spends more than half her meagre salary on buying drinking water from a local water vendor, as she knows the water from the nearby lake could make her unwell, unproductive and unable to provide for her family.
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