August, 2011

Extreme levels of radiation have been detected in soil within 40 kilometers of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, Asahi Japan Watch reported, citing the country’s Science Ministry. China The Guardian’s Jonathan Watts ploughs through thousands of diplomatic cables and highlights what U.S. diplomats in China have reported about China’s fledgling environmental movement. […]

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Om Prakash

Delhi reportedly has a high percentage of coverage for sanitation and water supply. But one photographer has 74,000 images spanning the last 10 years that challenge the perception of progress

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Libya aftermath - lack of clean water

Muammar Qaddafi’s great achievement of tapping desert aquifers and sending the water hundreds of kilometers to Tripoli, the capital, and other coastal cities is now the focal point for sabotage and siege. Aid agencies have begun humanitarian relief as rebel leaders try to gain control of water-producing regions.

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Choke Point: China Teaser

Choke Point: China is an on-the-ground report that displays in text, photographs, and interactive graphics the powerful evidence of a potentially ruinous confrontation between growth, water, and fuel that is already visible across China; a confrontation that is virtually certain to grow more dire over the next decade.

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Hurricane Irene killed at least 28 people, caused an estimated $2.6 billion in damage, and cut electric power to more than 6 million homes and businesses across the eastern United States. Bloomberg summarizes the damage state by state. And more information from New York Magazine. United States In Texas, the driest spell in the state’s […]

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The proposed Keystone XL Pipeline Project, designed to carry crude from the oil sands in Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast, will have minimal impact on the environment, according to the final environmental impact assessment report released last Friday by the U.S. State Department, Politico reported. But the State Department insists the fate of the […]

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Few Significant Impacts The State Department concluded its environmental review of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. The department’s preferred option is to build the pipeline, with a few variations and minor route changes. Assistant Secretary of State Kerri-Ann Jones, who took questions from reporters, was adamant that the State Department’s recommendation was “not the rubberstamp […]

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Infographic: WASH and Urbanization — Providing Sanitation and Water Services by Country

Entry in the 2011 Urban Water Design Challenge, sponsored by Visualizing.org and Circle of Blue.

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World Water Week

2,600 global experts. 100 sessions. Seven days. One issue: water.

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New Jersey has issued a one-year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, pending more study of the technology used to produce oil and gas from shale formations, Reuters reported. Brazilian scientists said they found indications of a potentially huge underground river flowing thousands of feet beneath the Amazon River, Associated Press reported. SustainAbility recaps a panel session […]

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Several laws, executive orders, and directives guide the department’s conservation plans, but wartime operations can throw a wrench in the system.

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Southern Weekend, one of China’s major investigative news agencies, reveals that hydropower dams throughout China “are like ticking time bombs”: beset by disaster, safety flaws, poor construction, neglect and fraud. Probe International discloses some of the never-before-reported findings in an English translation of the original Southern Weekend investigation. Foreign Affairs analyzes how the international community […]

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About 30 million people from Wyoming to Southern California who get their water supply from the Colorado River could face unprecedented water shortages if oil shale development increases in the Colorado River Basin, and climate change continues to disrupt patterns of rain and snow, Reuters reported, citing a new report by the Natural Resources Defense […]

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Can the Yangtze, Asia’s longest river, run dry? According to a new study by geologist Fan Xiao of the Sichuan Geology and Mineral Bureau in China, the “fate of the Yangtze is sealed,” as rampant hydropower construction will soon trap its entire flow. Population growth and water stress are driving the world to a food […]

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As an energy boom, propelled by natural gas, continues to gather steam, mining and drilling companies square off with landowners around the globe over who has the right to resources that are located deep below ground.

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The preference for government mandates reinforces the idea that water is not like other goods.

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Deutsche Welle highlights some of the pressing topics on the agenda of this year’s World Water Week in Stockholm, which over the next six days will focus on the growing challenges of securing water for the world’s booming urban areas. Efforts to boost agricultural production to feed the world’s rising population could lead to widespread […]

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Lake Tahoe Agreement At a summit on Lake Tahoe’s water quality, the governors of California and Nevada and a regional administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency signed an agreement to improve the lake’s clarity. The agreement sets a plan to reduce pollution from four sources, the most significant of which is urban stormwater runoff. […]

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Our guest today is Charles Fishman, an award winning investigative journalist and author of the best selling book “The Wal-Mart Effect.” We caught up with Fishman during his tour for “The Big Thirst,” his latest book focusing on water issues around the world.

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Is there common ground in analyzing financial systems and ecosystems, and are there similarities between the current economic and ecological crises? This Yale Environment 360 opinion piece argues that the Ponzi scheme of hyper-consumerism is approaching the equivalent of the Lehman collapse in 2008. Norwegian oil producer Statoil pleaded guilty on Wednesday to charges related […]

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