Top 10 Waternews Stories
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- The Price of Water: A Comparison of Water Rates, Usage in 30 U.S. Cities
- In Solar Power Lies Path to Reducing Water Use For Energy
- Experts Name the Top 19 Solutions to the Global Freshwater Crisis
- Choke Point: China - Confronting Water Scarcity and Energy Demand in the World’s Largest Country
- Choke Point: China
- U.S. Faces Era Of Water Scarcity
- China, Tibet, and the Strategic Power of Water
- Google Brings Water Data to Life
- Water Demand is Flash Point in Dakota Oil Boom
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United States Pollution
Alpha Natural Resources, a United States coal company, has been leveled with a $US 27.5 million penalty for violating the federal Clean Water Act and has agreed to spend an additional $US 200 million to clean up water pollution from its mines in Appalachia, The New York Times reported. The cleanup is expected to prevent 16.3 million kilograms (36 million pounds) of dissolved solid pollutants from being discharged into the nation’s water annually, but environmental advocates say the agreement misses the root of the pollution problem.
Under President Obama’s 2015 budget request, spending on the state revolving funds for clean water and safe drinking water programs would drop $US 581 million compared to 2014—a nearly 25 percent cut, Bloomberg News reported. Overall, the budget request decreases funding for the Environmental Protection Agency by 3.8 percent to $US 7.89 billion.
South Africa Blackouts
South Africa’s state-run electricity company, Eskom, is starting scheduled blackouts due to rain that has caused shortages of coal, Bloomberg News reported. The blackouts are the first in South Africa since five days of power cuts in 2008, and Eskom has been spending billions of dollars trying to update its aging infrastructure.
Kerala’s network of lakes, rivers and estuaries, a major draw for tourists and an important fishing area, is threatened by declining water quality caused by a number of factors, despite some areas being designated as Ramsar wetland sites, Inter Press Service reported. Pollutants from agriculture, canals that disrupt the region’s natural hydrology, overfishing and the development of resorts have all taken a toll on the ecosystem.
India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy announced that it will help farmers install 17,500 solar-powered irrigation systems by 2016 and provide $US 49 million in subsidies to do so, Bloomberg News reported. The systems will utilize solar-powered water pumps, replacing many diesel-powered pumps.
The National Integrated Drought Information System puts federal data in the hands of farmers, state officials, and businesses.
Curbing harmful algal blooms and oxygen-deprived dead zones in the Great Lakes requires pollution to be drastically reduced.
West Virginia Chemical Spill Reflects Dramatic Weakness in U.S. Resolve to Enforce Drinking Water Safety
Poisoned water shut down state capital and exposed endemic carelessness in oversight.
Benefits go to agriculture, but won’t help cities.
Covering about 88 percent of the lakes on February 13, the ice has implications for water levels, shipping and fisheries.
Gov. Jerry Brown introduced a $US 687 million emergency spending bill Wednesday as his office works on comprehensive groundwater reform.
California’s severe drought is forcing the nation’s largest state to reconcile old assumptions about water supply and management with the reality of long-term drying trends, declining groundwater, and polluted drinking water, according to an expert panel of scientists and journalists convened during a Circle of Blue interactive drought briefing conference call on February 13.
California’s record drought prompts water districts to increase conservation spending, drain rainy day funds, and dramatically swell water rates.
President Obama urges cooperation. But Republican opposition and a maze of state plans are causing a frantic confusion, while vulnerable farmers see immediate and long-term pain.
When layered, weekly images of the U.S. Drought Monitor for California show how much worse this drought is than any in the past decade.
The president announces $US 1.2 billion for those affected by severe weather now and proposes $US 1 billion more for adaptation and research.
Drought and Uncertainty Nurture U.S. Water-Planning Renaissance at State Level: 2014 Preview, Part III
Seven states will release a water plan -- either in draft or final form -- this year, and at least six other states are talking about updating existing plans or creating a first-ever plan. For context, only two states released water plans in 2013 and five in 2012.
Click here to register for this special interactive Maestro teleconference.
California is poorly prepared for another severely dry year
California’s drought is a preview of the latter half of the 21st century.
Choke Point: Meghalaya’s “Swiss-Cheesed” Hills, Increasing Violence a Stark Reminder of Cost of Coal
To the best of anyone’s knowledge – and that includes a tribunal of senior jurists who heard testimony in the state capitol, Shillong, on January 24 – 15 men drowned in a coal mine in Meghalaya’s mineral-rich Garo Hills on July 6, 2012.
An unstoppable force of American folk culture, Pete performed at Croton Point, New York, at 87 years old in June 2006. <
A plan for when fuel runs out.
Did you see that Circle of Blue was ranked #1 in the "content excellence" category on the list of Top 50 Water Blogs of 2013?
PRAGUE -- City Square erupted at the start of the 2014 New Year with a deafening and blazing midnight fusilade of rockets and cannon blasts.
Even the soggy parts of California saw less rain than Phoenix.
The database is one step toward better information about the water held in soils.
One year later, Circle of Blue's senior editor Keith Schneider returns to India for our second round of reporting on water, food, energy problems in the region.
Did you miss Circle of Blue's reporting on how cleaning up the power sector – namely coal – and reducing energy demand would clear the air and provide water benefits? Not to worry; Brett Walton gives an update on the current smog situation and how a recent report may provide solutions.
A National Research Council report argues that groundwater use today is leaving society poorly prepared for potential rapid climate changes in the future.
Circle of Blue director J. Carl Ganter recently sat on a panel about water, environment, and food security in Colombia. See his take on this drama's main characters in photos that he took in Cartegena's poorest neighborhoods and how they relate to the global picture.
Rainwater harvesting, a disruptive idea, catches on with businesses. CoB reporter Brett Walton responds to a recent article in the Guardian.
Guess Who Proposed the Missouri River Pipeline in the Federal Government’s Colorado River Basin Study?
Hint: It’s not who you might think, says Circle of Blue reporter Brett Walton.
When layered, weekly images of the U.S. Drought Monitor for California show how much worse this drought is than any in the past decade.
Controversy over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, which will become the largest dam in Africa when it is completed in 2017, stems from a long history of disputes along the Nile River's 10 countries.
Saddam Hussein's legacy includes draining Iraq’s Mesopotamian Marshland, an integral part of the Tigris-Euphrates River Basin and once the third-largest wetland in the world. Now, the Biblical Garden of Eden is the site of the war-weary nation’s first and only national park.
India's resource problems are not those of scarcity, but rather of inefficient use and bureaucratic policies.
Learn more about the history of trading water in Australia's three markets in this infographic.
Click through the interactive infographic to see how China, the world’s largest nation and second-largest economy, faces multiple challenges for sustaining its water supply.
Click through the interactive infographic to see how China, the world’s largest nation and second-largest economy, races to meet rising demand for energy.
Click through the interactive infographic to see how China, the world’s largest nation and second-largest economy, has shifted its bread baskets to the north.
How do freshwater flows — or lack thereof — affect the marine life downstream?
It is not clear whether any of the new policy, planning, and supply initiatives are making a difference.
How will predicted changes to water levels and water temperatures affect the future of this region that is home to 8 million people?
Much goes into producing a corn crop and much comes out.
The NRDC predicts that the G20 will produce less than 4 percent from renewables by 2015 and 6 percent by 2020, up from only 2.6 percent currently and 0.86 percent in 2002.
Breaking down the history of water privatization in the Philipine capital of Manila, this infographic explores the city's varied success with privatization using a timeline and a map.
The price that Americans pay for water is rising faster than the cost of any other utility service in the United States — be it gas, electricity, or telephone charges.
Can war end in environmental rejuvenation? It did for Iraq’s Mesopotamian Marshlands, believed by many to be the Biblical Garden of Eden. The marshes — straddled between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers that wind their way from Turkey’s eastern mountains through the desert plains of the Middle East — were systematically destroyed by Saddam Hussein’s […]
Dennis Nelson grew up on his family’s North Dakota farm, where the groundwater well barely supplied their basic needs. As a child, he didn’t know why the water was scarce when their land was surrounded by wetlands, or “prairie potholes,” as he calls them. “I simply couldn’t make the connection at a young age about […]
For more than 15 years, Stacey Travis was a television producer for networks like FOX, A&E, and AMC. Until, that is, she drastically switched careers in 2006, when doctors in Uganda and South Sudan told her about the water-related illnesses that plague these nations. Travis felt compelled to help and soon after founded Drop In […]
Can something be made of nothing? According to the research of 16-year-old Ajay Krishnan, the answer is yes. A research enthusiast since the sixth grade, Krishnan — now a junior at Oregon Episcopal School — found a way to produce hydrogen gas from wastewater utilizing microbial electrolysis cells. For his work in renewable energy, Krishnan […]
While working as an editor and writer at COLORS Magazine, Rose George was assigned to work on Cacas, a coffee table book featuring photographs of animal and human feces, for which “caca” is slang. Through the project, she discovered Sulabh International, an organization in India that provides public toilets and works to liberate those whose […]
Wine turned Peter Thum to water. While working on a project in South Africa involving two wineries, Thum saw the difficulties that many people experienced just trying to get clean water every day. “I did a bit of research and began to see the size and magnitude of this problem,” he says. So he decided […]
“We cannot say that rain is not interesting just because we can dig wells,” says Vessela Monta, a civil engineer by trade who began working with the International Rainwater Harvesting Alliance (IRHA) in 2002. Some resources — like the availability of harvestable rainwater — get forgotten when discussing sustainability, but not to Monta. She points […]
Guyana means “land of many waters” in a native Amerindian language, but it also houses one of the most pristine rainforests left in existence, the Iwokrama. In 1996, Guyana and the Commonwealth of Nations established an organization of the same name. According to Iwokrama resident scientist Isabella Bovolo, the organization aims to fill large data […]
In 2007, from 5,600 meters atop the north side of Mount Everest, explorer David Breashears recalls how he was “astonished” by what he saw and “shocked” that he hadn’t been more aware of the state of this Tibetan glacier. Breashears was on a comparative photography assignment to match a photo from 1921 with the modern […]
Erin Huber grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, near the Great Lakes, where clean fresh water is abundant and tap water is sometimes taken for granted. As a humanitarian and an environmentalist, Huber spearheaded rooftop gardens and farmers’ markets, but eventually honed her focus to water. Huber founded the Drink Local Drink Tap (DLDT) campaign in […]
Rohini Nilekani began her career as a journalist and writer. But upon marrying Nadan Nilekani — co-founder of the Indian tech-consulting firm Infosys — and coming into some money, she sought a cause to support financially. “I was looking for an area that would make sense to me and that would also have some kind […]
Dr. Chris Groves spends a lot of his time going underground into caves carved by eons of water flow. Once a boy with an interest in rocks, today Groves is a world-renowned cave and limestone karst expert who directs the Hoffman Environmental Research Institute at Western Kentucky University. “It was the only practical way to […]
Lori Pottinger advocates for rural communities that are at risk of being displaced by dam construction. She says that residents are not always aware of the extent of cultural and lifestyle adjustments they will have to make — or the option of resisting development. “They’re giving their all, and then they’re getting nothing from these […]
Innovation started early for incoming Stanford University freshman Kunal Sangani. At just 17, he was named the U.S. finalist for the Stockholm Junior Water Prize for his project about the environmental effects of hydraulic fracturing (also known as “fracking”). A native of Syracuse, New York, where intense discussion about fracking led to a moratorium on […]
Ed Wargin set out almost 17 years ago to document the Great Lakes, and he’s almost finished. The Fresh Coast Project is an effort to document the Great Lakes as a single unit. “I have felt through the years that we needed a solitary type of message, that we needed to look at the Great […]
The U.S. Drought Monitor and Seasonal Outlook report the most current drought conditions and forecast, courtesy of NOAA, et al.