What does Chicago have to do with the growing algae blooms in the Gulf of Mexico? Nutrient pollution from the Windy City and from agriculture in Illinois, Indiana and Iowa is pushing the Mississippi River to the brink of ecological disaster, according to The Economist.
A key California Senate panel has supported legislation that would ban the use of hydraulic fracturing in the state until regulators tighten rules for the controversial technology, Los Angeles Times reported.
Egypt is eyeing desalination as a potentially big source of potable water, Egypt Independent reported, citing a government official. The country relies heavily on water from the Nile River, but experts warn that climate change, population growth and economic development in the basin are likely to drastically reduce the Nile resources.
Indonesia plans to revamp its sanitation system, which is among the worst in Southeast Asia, Antara News reported.
Nadya Ivanova, a Bulgaria native, is a Chicago-based reporter for Circle of Blue. She co-writes The Stream, a daily digest of international water news trends.
Interests: Europe, China, Environmental Policy, International Security.
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