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Our planet’s freshwater reserves are perilously low, and are increasingly unable to sustain plant, animal, and human life, according to the World Resources Institute.

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Degradation of freshwater systems, says a new WRI report, will leave 50 percent of the world’s human population without adequate fresh water within 25 years. Already, millions of plant and animal species have become extinct or are seriously threatened by overexploitation of water resources. According to the report, much of the degradation of the world’s freshwater systems is due to habitat destruction, dam and canal construction, introduction of non-native species, pollution, and over-population.

According to Jerry Mander of the International Forum on Gloabalization, speaking at this weekend’s Bioneers conference in California, two industries are primarily responsible for the exploitation of existing freshwater supplies: agribusiness and high-tech wafer and chip manufacture.

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SIX TRUTHS

Reclaiming power from those who abuse it often starts with telling the truth. And in "This Is How Authoritarians Get Defeated," MoJo's Monika Bauerlein unpacks six truths to remember during the homestretch of an election where democracy, truth, and decency are on the line.

Truth #1: The chaos is the point.

Truth #2: Team Reality is bigger than it seems.

Truth #3: Facebook owns this.

Truth #4: When we go to work, we're in the fight.

Truth #5: It's about minority rule.

Truth #6: The only thing that can save us is…us.

Please take a moment to see how all these truths add up, because what happens in the weeks and months ahead will reverberate for at least a generation and we better be prepared.

And if you think journalism like Mother Jones'—that calls it like it is, that will never acquiesce to power, that looks where others don't—can help guide us through this historic, high-stakes moment, and you're able to right now, please help us reach our $350,000 goal by October 31 with a donation today. It's all hands on deck for democracy.

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