As water levels dropped three meters (10 feet) in India’s Brahmaputra River, fears surfaced that China was diverting water near the river’s origin in Tibet, Agence France-Presse reported. The cause of the water shortage remains unknown.
Africa’s Lake Chad is shrinking—it is now one tenth the size it was in the 1960s—but local residents have adapted by switching from fishing to farming crops like rice and corn, according to Science Daily.
Major flooding is expected in Australia’s New South Wales, while Sydney’s Warragamba Dam, the city’s water supply catchment, is close to overflowing, according to Bloomberg News.
Floods in the Bolivian Amazon have affected nearly 10,300 families and contaminated water supplies in isolated areas, AlertNet reported.
China’s central bank plans to boost financing for water-related projects, which the Chinese government has deemed vital for future development, according to Xinhua.
The United States House of Representatives passed a bill that would restore greater water usage rights to farmers in California’s San Joaquin Valley, reported The Hill. Water use in the region was limited in 2009 under the Endangered Species Act in order to protect salmon and Delta smelt.
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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