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The Global Rundown Lack of safe drinking water is increasing the risk for a cholera outbreak in Syria, and a drought is decreasing copper output in Chile. A study in England finds a link between fluoridated water and hypothyroidism, and a study by United Nations University says cutting out corruption and subsidies will help meet […]

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The Global Rundown Several communities in northern India are building artificial glaciers to boost water supplies. Cambodia promised to delay construction of a major, and strongly opposed, hydropower dam. More radioactive water leaked from Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant, and earthquakes that could be linked to wastewater wells are on the rise in Oklahoma. The U.S. […]

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The Global Rundown A dam-building spree in the Balkans threatens critical species and Europe’s last wild rivers, conservationists say. Drought is taking a toll on Brazil’s economy, shale drillers in Alberta, Canada are being asked to measure for earthquakes, and the United States is charging a major energy company with water pollution violations. Technology exists […]

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The Global Rundown Thailand will spend millions on alleviating drought this year, while a Palestinian developer may have wasted more than 1 billion building a city with no water supply. Qatar plans to enact penalties for wasting water and electricity, and the state of Ohio is working on legislation to limit when farmers can apply fertilizer. It […]

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The Global Rundown Desalination is increasingly common and important in the Caribbean, while in Israel it is is expected to account for half of the country’s water supply by next year. Snowpack in the western United States is well below normal, environmental groups worry dams in Mongolia could further deplete a shrinking Lake Baikal, and […]

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The Global Rundown Brazil’s largest city is in dire condition as water supplies drop, so much so that some officials say residents may be warned to leave. Crude oil spilled from a derailed train into a river in West Virginia, and international inspectors urged Japan to release water from the Fukushima plant into the Pacific […]

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The Global Rundown Industrial growth could be curtailed in Mexico if the country does not improve its water management, a new report found. Blackouts continued over the weekend in South Africa to allow hydropower and other energy supplies to rebound, the United States may overhaul its 39-year-old Toxic Substances Control Act, and Germany is considering […]

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The Global Rundown Scientists are predicting a megadrought in the United States in the next 100 years, and the hospitality industry in Rio de Janeiro is preparing for water shortages during Carnival celebrations. Meanwhile, Pakistan may face a country-wide water shortage in the next decade. Nearly half of Ireland‘s water supply is lost to leaks. Finally, […]

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The Global Rundown Fracking waste water in California is showing off-the-charts benzene contamination, and residents of Detroit suburbs will likely see a huge hike in water rates. The United Nations is funding flood relief in Malawi, and the European Union and Unicef are funding a training center for water workers in Angola. Lawmakers in South Carolina are […]

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The Global Rundown Pakistan will bring its dispute with India over hydropower development to the International Court of Justice. Melbourne, Australia, will use water and trees to protect itself against rising temperatures associated with climate change, and a new study quantifies increases in irrigation demand due to climate change in the western United States. Water […]

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The Global Rundown England faces a major funding gap for its flood defenses after private investors fail to make up for government cuts. Scientists are working to improve extreme weather forecasting, while researchers in Asia say community input is essential for making resilient infrastructure in disaster areas. Simple water harvesting systems in Kenya are helping […]

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The Global Rundown Europe swept seven of the top 10 spots in the 2015 Sustainable Cities Index, with Frankfurt, Germany, leading in first place. The first round of negotiations on a global climate deal have started. Scientists believe air pollution could be contributing to drought in Central America, the United States government is spending millions […]

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The Global Rundown South Africa, West Africa, and Thailand are seeing reduced harvests due to drought – sugar cane, cocoa bean and rice crops are suffering. El Nino is more than fashionably late to the party this year, and scientists don’t know why. The World Bank has put out updated estimates of the return-on-investment for […]

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The Global Rundown Septic systems in Ireland are at risk of polluting drinking water, and the Chesapeake Bay is at risk from climate change and population growth. A 12-year legal battle over water in Imperial County, California has been settled, and the 111th meeting of the Indus Water Commission has concluded. Of all the water […]

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The Global Rundown The world has not acknowledged the depth of water crises it could face due to climate change, according to the head of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Floods are wreaking havoc in Turkey and Bulgaria, while low snowpack in the Sierra Nevada doesn’t bode well for relief from California’s drought. Hospitals […]

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The Global Rundown Pakistan is using solar power to improve drinking water in its desert regions. The United Kingdom is banning fracking in a large area previously open to development, while groundwater pollution concerns are surfacing in California and Minnesota. China released a new rural policy for 2015, including plans for water infrastructure development. The […]

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The Global Rundown The U.S. Senate has approved Keystone XL, and the time has come for the President of the United States to either sign or veto. The time has also come and gone – again – to launch NASA‘s soil moisture monitoring satellite. A new study says that extreme storms are likely to get […]

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The Global Rundown Sao Paulo could have its water supply cut to just two days per week as a severe drought continues, while state legislators in the United States are considering cutting water to the National Security Agency. Ireland’s government department charged with issuing water rebates does not have enough resources to do so. Approximately […]

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The Global Rundown Barack Obama failed to secure a firm commitment on carbon emissions during his recent trip to India, but Florida Governor Rick Scott is making a firm financial commitment to the Everglades. Groundwater in Lahore, Pakistan is declining rapidly, and taps in Blantyre, Malawi are still running dry following flood damage three weeks […]

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The Global Rundown Glaciers in the tropical Andes have declined as much as 50 percent in the last 30 years, and China’s coal production dropped for the first time this century. The developing world is producing so much plastic that it could eventually outweigh all of the fish in the ocean, conservationists warn, while scientists […]

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