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December 22: Most U.S. Coastal Areas Will Experience Nuisance Floods By 2050

The  Global Rundown

The Global Rundown

Small, but costly, floods are expected to affect most U.S. coastal areas by 2050 due to sea level rise. A new hydropower project in Brazil will flood much of one indigenous community’s land. Argentina is also building a major new dam in Patagonia. Meanwhile, investment in Ireland’s water infrastructure is the lowest since 1998. Water quality is high risk at 49 New Zealand beaches, a new report points out further water quality threats from Australia’s Abbot Point coal terminal expansion, and the United States released its first rules on coal ash storage to safeguard water. ISIS has diverted a river in Iraq.

“When the day’s done, the E.P.A. regulates toxic coal ash less stringently than household waste.” –Lisa Evans, Earthjustice lawyer, on new federal rules governing the disposal of the coal waste product by power plants. Meant to protect water, the rules create requirements for disposal sites, but do not designate coal ash as a hazardous material. (The New York Times)

By the Numbers

By The Numbers

$468.7 million Amount Irish Water invested in infrastructure this year, making levels of investment over the past two years the lowest since 1998. RTE News

$1.84 billion Cost of Argentina’s Neuquen hydropower dam project in Patagonia. The country held a preliminary auction for the dam’s construction contract. Reuters

49 beaches Number, out of 350, New Zealand classified as “high risk” for infection and illness. Stuff

Science

Science, Studies, And Reports

Nuisance flooding, when water levels are one to two feet above high tide, is expected to occur 30 days or more each year in the majority of U.S. coastal areas by 2050, according to a new report on sea level rise from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Yale Environment 360

Approximately 30 percent more dredge material and water will need to be released into the ocean near the Great Barrier Reef in order to complete an expansion of Queensland’s Abbot Point coal terminal, a World Wildlife Fund report found. Guardian

On the Radar

On The Radar

ISIS has diverted Iraq’s Al-Roz River, one of the main drinking water sources for 150,000 people in the city of Bildoz and a source of water for agricultural land in the area. Iraqi officials have said the diversion could cause a humanitarian disaster. Al Arabiya News

With the Belo Monte dam nearly complete, Brazil is moving ahead with plans for five hydropower projects on the Tapajos River—plans that will flood most of the land belonging to the Sawre Muybu community of Munduruku Indians. Guardian

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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: Toxic Algae in Ohio Drinking Water Sources

Algae toxins present in seven lakes, reservoirs and rivers that supply drinking water to 1 million people.

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.

Yes, It’s Raining in California. No, the Drought Is Not Over

Just look at the Texas drought -- California could be waiting years to recover.

Water Supply at Risk, Las Vegas Considers $650 Million Insurance Policy

A new pumping station would draw water from the bottom of a shrinking Lake Mead.

Infographic: World Food Supplies Concentrated in Brazil, China, Europe, India, and United States

The amount of food in storage around the world is on the rise, but stocks are still historically low.

Diluted Bitumen Study: Expert Committee Holds First Meeting

An investigation begins this week as to whether spills of heavy oils pose a greater environmental threat than spills of other crude oils.

World Food Supplies Recover From Drought and Reach 15-Year High

Water scarcity and extreme weather are two reasons that food prices will stay high, however.

Corporate Water Risk Report: 5th CDP Survey of Top Global Companies

The details are lacking, as risk disclosures often have a narrow focus and significant data gaps.

Orange County Recycled Water System Shows Importance of Collaboration

From Southern California, a model of success for water’s future.

Peru and Chile Gold Mine Projects Address Water Concerns

The mining companies behind the Conga and Pascua-Lama mines are working to gain support from communities who have been worried about water pollution and adequate supplies.

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In The Circle: Fresh Focus

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State Water Plans Are Coming Due

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.

India’s National Green Tribunal Challenges Government and Industry To Follow the Law

Four-year-old court emerges as global leader in securing resources, promoting economic gain.

Water Supply and New Development Path Are Priorities in U.S.-China Climate Agreement

Pact is fresh reckoning with Earth's changed ecological and economic risks

The Hydrologic Fast Lane (Also: IPCC Reports 101)

Reporter Kaye LaFond breaks down the newest IPCC report, and IPCC reports in general.

Risk Assessment Tool Puts a Price on Water Scarcity

The Water Risk Monetizer guides corporate investments where water is scarce.

Election 2014 Recap: Voters Mostly Say ‘Yes’ to Water Spending

easures passed in California, Florida, and Maine, while North Dakota voted against conservation fund.

Earth Pushes Back

Era of indifference greets droughts, floods, storms, tsunamis.

U.S. Government Builds a Home for Water Data

The Open Water Data Initiative wants a common house for real-time U.S. water information. But this could take decades.

Earth’s Major Aquifers Are in Trouble

Groundwater reserves are falling, but little is known about how much water is left.

Big Data Requires Strong Relationships to Improve Farming

To influence water and food systems, the data revolution needs more than billions of bits. Brett Walton analyzes the lessons from last week’s Water for Food Global Conference.

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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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