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Of all of the water in the world, only about 2.5% of it is freshwater that we can drink. Of that 2.5%, only 1% is available for us as the rest is frozen in glaciers, deep underground, etc. That 1% is 0.007% of the world’s total amount of water. Rising global temperatures due to climate change are melting glaciers which is just one of the events leading to a reduction in the freshwater we have available to us. We need to do what we can now to preserve what little freshwater we have for future generations. Open pit mining is destroying this water.

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Stierle, Donald. “Berkeley Pit.” Failure, Jason Zasky, Failure Magazine, December 4th, 2011,

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