At least 283 people have died in the Philippines following the landfall of Typhoon Bohpa, which triggered floods and landslides across the southern islands, AlertNet reported. Rescuers are struggling to find survivors, but efforts are being hampered by destroyed roads and downed communication systems.
In Papua New Guinea, the large Ok Tedi copper mine may have to shut down in the coming weeks due to a drought that has stopped vital traffic on the Fly River, Reuters reported.
The preservation of mountain regions needs to become a focus of global climate talks, experts said at the Doha climate conference, according to AlertNet. Mountains provide essential ecosystem services, such as supplying water and harboring biodiversity.
India’s Supreme Court has ordered Karnataka to release a flow of 283 cubic meters per second (10,000 cubic feet per second) from the Cauvery River to Tamil Nadu, The Times of India reported. Both states have been struggling for water to sustain their crops, leading the court to also order the Cauvery Monitoring Committee to decide how much water each state needs.
The United States may release water from the Missouri River to aid barge traffic on the the drought-hit Mississippi River, making farmers in North and South Dakota concerned about their water supply, Bloomberg News reported. Water from the Missouri has kept the region’s farms in business during dry periods like this past summer.
Codi Yeager-Kozacek is a reporter for Circle of Blue based out of Enterprise, Alabama. She studied journalism and biology as an undergraduate at West Virginia University and graduated summa cum laude from the university’s Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism. She has done research at the College of the Bahamas Gerace Research Center on San Salvador Island, Bahamas, and her study on coastal dune plants is currently pending publication in the Bahamas Natural History Proceedings. Her interests include food security and ecology. She co-writes The Stream, Circle of Blue’s daily digest of international water news trends.
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