“Although [dermatologist Dennis] Gross and [celebrity stylist Jonathan] Antin each acknowledge that tap water is generally potable, their concern about the harmful effects of heavy metals is entirely sincere. Antin’s product-development team claims impressive reduction rates for copper, lead, iron and zinc. On his end, Gross says, ‘This could be as important to skin as sunscreen.’
“With that kind of buildup, can a water embargo be far behind?”
– Dangerous When Wet, by Charlotte Druckman, The New York Times Magazine, February 5, 2006.
“‘A bottle of fancy water is like a harmless little luxury,’ said April Ferrone, a real estate broker who lives outside Albany.
“But an increasing number of health and environmental activists are challenging the nutritional claims and also the harmlessness of the bottled-water business.”
– Must Be Something in the Water, by Julia Moskin, The New York Times, February 15, 2006.
“Millions have also been forced to head south to India in search of work, where they toil as laborers or household servants.
“Life in a country where a third of the 75 district capitals have no road links to the outside world is already tough. For the refugees — mostly forced out by atrocities at the hands of Maoists or the army — it is even tougher.
“There is no work here. There is no power. There is no clean water.”
– Nepal’s War Leaves Refugees in Miserable Limbo, by Reuters, NYTimes.com, February 15, 2006.