Fossil fuels will supply 85 percent of the world’s energy in 2050 if current trends persist, creating a 50 percent increase in greenhouse gas emissions, according to a new environmental outlook released by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, Reuters reported.
A report from the Union of Concerned Scientists identifies the top five health risks associated with extreme precipitation and flooding events, which it argues are becoming more frequent due to climate change.
The decline of the Limpopo River, brought on by erratic rainfall and drought as temperatures rise, is harming agriculture and tourism in Zimbabwe, according to Inter Press Service.
Environmental groups in the U.S. filed a lawsuit against the federal Environmental Protection Agency, saying it has not done enough to stop water pollution from agricultural runoff and wastewater treatment plants in the Mississippi River Basin, Reuters reported.
Pennsylvania’s Susquehanna River Basin Commission approved 48 applications for water withdrawals from natural gas drilling companies, despite the action of demonstrators concerned with the impact on the basin’s water quality, according to Associated Press.
China, Japan and the Republic of Korea have agreed to expand cooperation on water management and water disasters, China Daily reported.
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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