Arsenic is tainting freshwater supplies in Mexico’s Laguna region, the country’s biggest milk producer, as dairy operations, upstream dams and climate change deplete aquifers, AlertNet reported.
In Chile, people exposed to high levels of arsenic in their drinking water during the 1950s have a higher risk of cancer despite subsequent contamination control, according to new research, Reuters reported.
Coal imports handled by the ports of China’s Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region increased more than 60 percent during 2011, reflecting the growing demand from local industries in the water-scarce area, Xinhua reported. Most of the coal is coming from Australia, Indonesia and Vietnam.
Recycling more municipal wastewater could help bolster water supplies in the United States, The New York Times reported, referencing a new report by the Water Science and Technology Board of the National Research Council.
Banks from Sweden and Japan lead the world in issuing green bonds meant to finance clean water, air and energy projects, Bloomberg News reported.
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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