Floods linked to climate change, along with the increased trade of certain goods, have played an important role in the expansion of dengue fever-causing mosquitoes, AlertNet reported. Dengue is now the fastest-spreading tropical disease in the world, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
Severe drought conditions in the United States last summer allowed for the spread of a toxic mold that can infect crops like corn, Scientific American reported. The mold is found every year, but it thrived in last year’s dry weather.
PLOS Blogs billed the extent of global food waste, detailed last week in a report from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, as an “under-recognized public health problem.” The report found that 30 to 50 percent of the world’s food is never consumed due to loss and waste, which in turn wastes the resources like land and water that are used to produce it.
To save the shrinking Dead Sea, a new World Bank report suggests a possible pipeline project to transfer water from the Red Sea, Bloomberg News reported. The biggest risk, according to the study, would be seawater leaking from the pipeline and contaminating underground aquifers.
A Phoenix, Ariz., water treatment plant has just received a solar power upgrade, which could save the city $US 4 million over 20 years, Bloomberg News 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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