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Mining Saps a Thirsty Desert

Environment  (tags: mining, resource depletion, water, world, protection, humans, habitat, habitatdestruction, ecosystems, environment, destruction, conservation )

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The Oyu Tolgoi copper-gold mine in the southern Gobi desert in Mongolia has become a symbol of a looming crisis: a limited water supply that could be exhausted within a decade, seriously threatening the lives and livelihoods of the local population.

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Past Member (0)
Friday November 30, 2012, 4:23 am
Thanks for the article.

Past Member (0)
Friday November 30, 2012, 5:13 am

Noted. Thanks.


Daniel Partlow (179)
Friday November 30, 2012, 8:18 am
Water is life, gold perpetuates evil. Let's go with saving our water!!

Glenn Byrnes (195)
Saturday December 1, 2012, 12:19 am

Wim Zunnebeld (144)
Saturday December 1, 2012, 7:10 am

Lois Jordan (63)
Saturday December 1, 2012, 3:48 pm
Noted. More green stars to Cal! This worldwide mining of copper seems to be contagious and ramping up. Is it just that this is new info coming out?....or, is it just harder to hide now, so it's getting reported? It seems to me that the people who've grown wealthier by getting tax cuts, subsidies and manipulating commodity prices, (while getting slave labor and destroying economies), are now investing their wealth in the continual destruction of Mother Earth and its inhabitants. Do all these people have a "backup plan" on where they're going to live?

Past Member (0)
Saturday December 1, 2012, 10:53 pm
Yet more environmental destruction and destruction of peopl'e way of life. For the sake of profit and enriching a few in rich countries. End it now.

Lloyd H (46)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 7:03 am
This certainly sounds like Texas to me. Even with a drought, the detriment to farming and ranching and the massive fires 40% of all water use in Texas is still going to oil and gas extraction and processing. Be it copper mines, oil, gas you name it, water is becoming more and more a For Profit Corporate Commodity rather than a Human Right Natural Resource necessary for Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. Even in the USA water is on the verge of becoming a Privately Owned Commodity and this scares the hell out of me and it should scare the hell out of every one. Remember that the fundamental, as in the ultimate basic, means for the control of people and societies is called "hydraulic despotism" for a reason; he who controls water controls everything. People can survive longer without food than water, without water food of all kinds reverts to the hunter-gatherer level, the agricultural revolution is undone, the industrial revoultion is undone and cities of all sizes become impossible. Think about that.

greenplanet e (155)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 5:42 pm
And when minerals and water run out?

Humans should be more careful with this planet Earth.

Carmen S (611)
Monday December 3, 2012, 5:54 pm
thanks Cal, people everywhere need to start paying attention to water supplies
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