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Every year the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) hosts World Water Week to focus on the world’s water issues. This year’s theme is Water and Food Security. To start off the conference, researcher Malik Falenmark and his colleagues from SIWI released a study that warns meat consumption is currently draining the world’s water supplies at an alarming rate.

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Nearly a thousand animal activists and other caring folks joined us at the Hilton Mark Center, outside of Washington DC, from August 2-5 for the Animal Rights 2012 National Conference. They came from across the US and seven other countries, and ranged in age from under 10 to over 80! Many left inspired and re-energized as agents of change, ready to shape the future of animal rights.

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