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Record heat in 2015 is melting glaciers at an eye-popping pace.

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Enbridge Inc., based in Calgary, is the largest shipper of Canadian crude oil, built and operates the twin, 20-inch-diameter steel pipelines, about 1,000 feet apart, that cross the Straits of Mackinac in northern Michigan. The company's holdings include this tank farm in Edmonton, Alberta. Photo/Keith Schneider

Pipeline owner criticized for lapses in inspection and disclosure.

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Report calls for independent analysis of the risks, alternatives, and cost of a big oil spill in the Mackinac Straits.

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In Peru’s capital city, vulnerable communities pay a premium for water as poor infrastructure, population growth, and climate change pressure supplies.

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Shale gas basins in Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas, and the Appalachian region use the most water per well.

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Hydro Resources drilling a well near Sublette, Kansas.

Scientists do not know how much groundwater is left.

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Droughts, floods, and a lack of clean water slow the elimination of food insecurity in developing nations.

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Near the earthquake epicenter, workers were rescued from a dam that is currently under construction by a Chinese company.

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Droughts that are extreme by today’s standards will be normal by the end of the century, according to NASA research.

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Despite warm and cold extremes in 2014, precipitation and temperature trends over the past century show a drier Southwest and Southeast, a wetter Midwest and Northeast, and overall warming. By Kaye LaFond Circle of Blue The data is in, and though 2014 was a year of weather extremes, more than 120 years of record-keeping show […]

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One-fifth of U.S. groundwater wells had at least one contaminant above federal standards for human health, according to new USGS study.

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Water rises on the world agenda.

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Rainfall is not a strong motivator of violence, but higher temperatures are.

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An investigation begins this week as to whether spills of heavy oils pose a greater environmental threat than spills of other crude oils.

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A South American drought keeps global grain reserves tight, but it could mean good things for North American corn producers.

Water scarcity and extreme weather are two reasons that food prices will stay high, however.

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Federal data show that U.S. farms use less water and are investing in water-saving irrigation equipment.

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IPCC Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change World Precipitation Climate Change Hydrologic Cycle

IPCC says the water cycle will intensify, leading to bigger storms, more droughts, and worsening water quality.

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More of the same is not working in changed conditions of the 21st century.

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If global warming increases vegetation in high mountain zones, less water might be available for rivers.

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Algae toxins have been found in seven lakes, reservoirs, and rivers that supply drinking water to 1 million people.

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