I feel as though I see images every day of polluted water -- oceans, rivers, lakes, and streams -- no matter the size of the body of water, they all seem to be at risk. A search limited to pictures just from today yielded three instances of polluted rivers or oceans. Considering that many regions lack water because of climate change, dams or pollution, it's no wonder that private companies are seeing an opportunity in investing in water distribution rights as detailed in this Newsweek story. What do you think the impact of privatizing water could be?
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A ship sails on the Danube on a foggy morning in Bazias, western Romania, Saturday, Oct. 9. Red sludge contaminated Danube waters on Thursday threatening a half dozen nations along one of Europe's key waterways. In Hungary, the population of Kolontar was evacuated early this morning, and Devecser with a population of 5,300 is also in the likely path of a new sludge deluge. Authorities asked residents to put their most essential belongings into a single bag and prepare for possible evacuation.
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Sea Gulls feed amongst tens of thousands of dead Sea Urchins washed up on Malibu beach, which is closed to swimmers after recent rains caused the water to be contaiminated, before the dedication ceremony for the iconic Malibu Surfrider Beach to become the first "World Surfing Reserve" (WSR), in Malibu on Oct. 9. Malibu is California's definitive pointbreak and one of the world's first "perfect waves", but has struggled with water quality issues in recent years. The WSR program, inspired by UNESCO's World Heritage Sites, helps the surfing community to identify and preserve it's surfing heritage, raise environmental awareness and issues at important surf breaks.
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A petrochemical factory is seen near a polluted river with its water turned black due to many factories dumping industrial sewage into it, in Qingdao, China, on Oct. 9, 2010. China is expected to achieve its target of a 20 percent cut in energy use per unit of gross domestic product (GDP) in the five years to 2010 as planned also with the aim to cut the industrial pollution to protect environment, according to state media reports.