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January 26: Nigeria Drinking Water, Sanitation Shortages Deadlier Than Terrorist Group

The  Global Rundown

The Global Rundown

A lack of safe water and sanitation is deadlier in Nigeria than terrorist group Boko Haram, a nonprofit group found, and a deadly mosquito-spread encephalitis is increasingly common in northern India due to changing rainfall and temperatures. The United Kingdom’s Environmental Audit Committee recommended a moratorium on fracking, while a spill of diesel fuel shut down a West Virginia town’s drinking water for days. Texas groundwater supplies have hardly recovered from a severe 2011 drought, and floods in Jakarta caused disruption over the weekend. The amount of green bonds issued last year rose to a record high.

“Everybody is worried about Boko Haram but the average Nigerian continues to see water as a private good not a public good that has to be provided by the government.”–Idayat Hassan, director of the Abuja-based Centre for Democracy and Development. The nonprofit WaterAid recently revealed that water and sanitation shortages in Nigeria killed 73,000 people in the country last year, compared to 4,000 killed by terrorist group Boko Haram. (Bloomberg)

By the Numbers

By The Numbers

$39 billion Amount issued globally in “green” bonds last year to finance environmental projects, a record high. Bloomberg


744 cases
Number of people infected with a deadly form of Japanese encephalitis in India’s Assam state in 2014, five times the number infected in 2010. Scientists say changing rainfall and temperature patterns are fueling the disease. Reuters

15,000 liters Amount of diesel fuel that spilled from an overturned tanker into a West Virginia river, shutting down drinking water for 12,000 people. Charleston Gazette

Science

Science, Studies, And Reports

Texas lost more than three times the amount of water held in Lake Mead from its underground aquifers during the 2011 drought, and the state has so far only recovered 10 percent of that water, according to satellite research by the University of Texas at Austin. El Paso Times

The United Kingdom should impose a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in order to safeguard emission targets, water quality, air, and public health, according to the country’s Environmental Audit Committee. Bloomberg

On the Radar

On The Radar

Flooding from heavy rainstorms in Jakarta inundated homes, closed schools, and brought some public transit to a stop over the weekend. The Jakarta Post

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Report: Farming and Urban Growth Are Polluting America’s Aquifers

One-fifth of U.S. groundwater wells had at least one contaminant above federal standards for human health.

Important California Water Infrastructure Talks Start This Week

State and local agencies plan to invest billions in new assets.

Des Moines Initiates Clean Water Act Lawsuit to Stem Farm Pollution

Iowa’s largest city will sue three upstream counties to reduce nitrate contamination.

California’s Record Heat Magnified Drought Woes in 2014

Precipitation was near average, but temperatures smashed the previous heat record.

World Economic Forum Ranks Water Crises as Top Global Risk

Water rises on the world agenda.

Along Fouled Ganga, Fresh Resolve to Make India’s Mother River Clean Again

Courts and Prime Minister Modi press for new operating system to stem pollution.

Photo Slideshow: China Completes Second Line of South-North Water Transfer Project

Massive manmade river begins moving water from central China to Beijing.

2015 Water Preview, Part II: National – States React to New Era of Water Scarcity

Water is priority in state legislatures and governors’ offices.

2015 Water Preview, Part I: International – Sustainable Development Goals Push Water to Center Stage

Water fits a new global development agenda.

Water Left Out Of Lima Climate Negotiations

A month after water supply was a central feature of a U.S. – China agreement, formal recognition of water scarcity and access is still elusive.

Infographic: California Drought Drains Groundwater Reserves and Encourages New Wells

Most aquifers in the state have dropped to record lows.

Map: Sao Paulo Water Supply Systems

Drought has placed Sao Paulo’s Cantareira water supply system under extreme stress.

Report: Water, Temperature Changes Not Central Drivers of Sub-Sahara Africa Conflicts

Rainfall is not a strong motivator of violence, but higher temperatures are.

Infographic: A History of EPA Veto Actions to Protect Water

The EPA has issued 13 vetoes since the passing of the Clean Water Act.

North American Fossil Fuel Boom Raises Risks From Expanding Oil and Gas Transport Network

Surge in oil and gas production has seen more spills that are harming water supplies.

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India’s Economy Slows as Condition of Water, Land, and Cities Deteriorates

Prime Minister Modi and President Obama this week need to talk about 21st-century development.

Boquete, Panama is Banquet of Coffee, Flowers, Water, and Rainbows

Coffee farms and the recreation economy flourish beneath Panama's big volcano.

Peter Gleick and J. Carl Ganter: The 10 Most Important Water Stories in 2014

What were the big stories of last year? What are the big looming stories that are set to continue?

Year In Review: Looking Back on 2014, Looking Ahead to 2015

Aubrey Ann Parker reflects on our work last year and updates on stories we’ve covered in years past.

Panama’s Water-Rich Eden Confronts Snake’s Temptation

Can the richest Central American nation build a commercial eco-paradise?

One Year After West Virginia Chemical Spill, U.S. Drinking Water Protections Still Fall Short

Vulnerabilities, exposed by the spill and incidents in North Carolina and Toledo, remain.

Video: U.S.-China Climate Pact Is the Real Deal

Circle of Blue's Keith Schneider discusses the implications of the landmark climate agreement.

The Story of Water, Energy, and Food Lives Here

Keith Schneider reports that the U.S.-China climate agreement is a Circle of Blue high point.

American Geophysical Union 2014 Recap: That Sinking, Drying, Sharing Feeling

Water features prominently at world’s largest Earth sciences conference.

State Water Plans Are Coming Due

Reporter Brett Walton previews two plans — in Arkansas and Colorado — that will be unveiled this week, in addition to the Kansas plan that is due out next year

Colorado River Research Group Delivers Message of Water Limits

Veteran scholars argue that creative solutions for the iconic watershed must begin with a hard fact, something our Brett Walton finds refreshing.

This is India — “Maybe Tomorrow”

Reflections of the banquet of bedlam that is modern India

Thanksgiving: World Food Entree and Water News On The Side

Sharing the table with a discussion of global grain supplies.

A Smarter, Snappier Stream

Reporter Codi Kozacek gives a tour of Circle of Blue’s redesigned water news digest.

Meghalaya’s Coal Shutdown Order Tests Law and New Court’s Resolve

The big case has huge ramifications for India’s water, land, and economy.

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Azzam Alwash

Can war end in environmental rejuvenation? It did for Iraq’s Mesopotamian Marshlands, believed by many to be the Biblical Garden of Eden. The marshes — straddled between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers that wind their way from Turkey’s eastern mountains through the desert plains of the Middle East — were systematically destroyed by Saddam Hussein’s […]

Dennis Nelson

Dennis Nelson grew up on his family’s North Dakota farm, where the groundwater well barely supplied their basic needs. As a child, he didn’t know why the water was scarce when their land was surrounded by wetlands, or “prairie potholes,” as he calls them. “I simply couldn’t make the connection at a young age about […]

Stacey Travis

For more than 15 years, Stacey Travis was a television producer for networks like FOX, A&E, and AMC. Until, that is, she drastically switched careers in 2006, when doctors in Uganda and South Sudan told her about the water-related illnesses that plague these nations. Travis felt compelled to help and soon after founded Drop In […]

Ajay Krishnan

Can something be made of nothing? According to the research of 16-year-old Ajay Krishnan, the answer is yes. A research enthusiast since the sixth grade, Krishnan — now a junior at Oregon Episcopal School — found a way to produce hydrogen gas from wastewater utilizing microbial electrolysis cells. For his work in renewable energy, Krishnan […]

Rose George

While working as an editor and writer at COLORS Magazine, Rose George was assigned to work on Cacas, a coffee table book featuring photographs of animal and human feces, for which “caca” is slang. Through the project, she discovered Sulabh International, an organization in India that provides public toilets and works to liberate those whose […]

Peter Thum

Wine turned Peter Thum to water. While working on a project in South Africa involving two wineries, Thum saw the difficulties that many people experienced just trying to get clean water every day. “I did a bit of research and began to see the size and magnitude of this problem,” he says. So he decided […]

Vessela Monta

“We cannot say that rain is not interesting just because we can dig wells,” says Vessela Monta, a civil engineer by trade who began working with the International Rainwater Harvesting Alliance (IRHA) in 2002. Some resources — like the availability of harvestable rainwater — get forgotten when discussing sustainability, but not to Monta. She points […]

Isabella Bovolo

Guyana means “land of many waters” in a native Amerindian language, but it also houses one of the most pristine rainforests left in existence, the Iwokrama. In 1996, Guyana and the Commonwealth of Nations established an organization of the same name. According to Iwokrama resident scientist Isabella Bovolo, the organization aims to fill large data […]

David Breashears

In 2007, from 5,600 meters atop the north side of Mount Everest, explorer David Breashears recalls how he was “astonished” by what he saw and “shocked” that he hadn’t been more aware of the state of this Tibetan glacier. Breashears was on a comparative photography assignment to match a photo from 1921 with the modern […]

Erin Huber

Erin Huber grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, near the Great Lakes, where clean fresh water is abundant and tap water is sometimes taken for granted. As a humanitarian and an environmentalist, Huber spearheaded rooftop gardens and farmers’ markets, but eventually honed her focus to water. Huber founded the Drink Local Drink Tap (DLDT) campaign in […]

Rohini Nilekani

Rohini Nilekani began her career as a journalist and writer. But upon marrying Nadan Nilekani — co-founder of the Indian tech-consulting firm Infosys — and coming into some money, she sought a cause to support financially. “I was looking for an area that would make sense to me and that would also have some kind […]

Chris Groves

Dr. Chris Groves spends a lot of his time going underground into caves carved by eons of water flow. Once a boy with an interest in rocks, today Groves is a world-renowned cave and limestone karst expert who directs the Hoffman Environmental Research Institute at Western Kentucky University. “It was the only practical way to […]

Lori Pottinger

Lori Pottinger advocates for rural communities that are at risk of being displaced by dam construction. She says that residents are not always aware of the extent of cultural and lifestyle adjustments they will have to make — or the option of resisting development. “They’re giving their all, and then they’re getting nothing from these […]

Kunal Sangani

Innovation started early for incoming Stanford University freshman Kunal Sangani. At just 17, he was named the U.S. finalist for the Stockholm Junior Water Prize for his project about the environmental effects of hydraulic fracturing (also known as “fracking”). A native of Syracuse, New York, where intense discussion about fracking led to a moratorium on […]

Ed Wargin

Ed Wargin set out almost 17 years ago to document the Great Lakes, and he’s almost finished. The Fresh Coast Project is an effort to document the Great Lakes as a single unit. “I have felt through the years that we needed a solitary type of message, that we needed to look at the Great […]

Ned Breslin

Ned Breslin is the CEO at Water For People, a nonprofit that implements drinking water solutions in 11 countries.
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  • Peter Gleick

    Dr. Peter Gleick is president of the Pacific Institute, an internationally recognized water expert, and a MacArthur Fellow.
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  • James Workman

    James Workman is an award-winning journalist and has served as an environmental consultant to U.S.-cabinet members.
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