Separating the Great Lakes from the Mississippi River basin in order to stop aquatic invasive species like Asian carp will require reversing the flow of the Chicago River, according to a new study sponsored by the Great Lakes Commission and the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative, Reuters reported. Whether or not watershed separation is necessary continues to be debated, with a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers study due in 2015.
A Texas town became the first in the state this year to truck in drinking water after wells ran dry due to the ongoing drought, according to the Associated Press.
Trade constraints and climate change are making food insecurity worse in Africa, according to AlertNet.
Saltwater intrusion is forcing rice farmers in Tanzania to look elsewhere for land and freshwater, causing some to destroy protected mangroves, AlertNet reported.
The European Union should plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2030, according to a proposal from the Danish EU presidency, EurActiv reported.
A new international information system from the World Meteorological Organization will help exchange climate, weather and water data more efficiently, according to Xinhua.
Codi Yeager-Kozacek is a news correspondent for Circle of Blue based out of Hawaii. She co-writes The Stream, Circle of Blue’s daily digest of international water news trends. Her interests include food security, ecology and the Great Lakes.
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