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 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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