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Water Law
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Using public trust doctrine, communities restore streams diverted for more than 100 years.

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A decades-long quarrel over water allocations boils up again during this year’s dry summer, ending in farmer protests and increased security.

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Water supplies remain key to the global boom in gold mining, driven by high demand and near-record prices.

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Manila Water Company, in charge of resource distribution for the Manila’s East Zone, is ramping up its focus and funding for city-wide sewerage projects.

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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.

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When vendors and their customers spend less on water from the filling stations, both parties stand to profit, according to aid workers in Manila.

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Omar, an 11-year-old who once begged for food on the streets in Manila, now sells fish in the early morning hours. Aid workers say safe water has transformed the Cuatro community. Omar is now able to attend school after the sun rises and the last fish are sold for the day.

While water privatization projects around the globe continue to be controversial, Manila stands out for its innovations and its impasses, often touted as one of the world’s most extensive urban water privatization projects to date.

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China is on target to begin transferring water from the Yangtze River Basin to Hebei, Shandong, and Tianjin by 2013.

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Panama is one of the fastest-growing economies in the Western Hemisphere, largely thanks to a new free-trade agreement with the U.S. and an ongoing $US 5.25 billion expansion of the Panama Canal. Slated for completion in 2014, the expansion will double the canal's capacity, which will reduce emissions, and the new system will recycle 60 percent of the water in each transit, along with an overall decrease of 7 percent less water than is used by the existing locks.

News headlines are often dominated by the big, unexpected events — BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010, for example, or Japan’s earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear catastrophes in 2011 — but some events come with advance warning. Here is a preview of the water news to look for in 2012.

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North Korea Food Crisis

Torrential rains, heavy summer floods, and typhoons have compounded North Korea’s dysfunctional food-distribution system, leaving millions — including many children — in danger of malnutrition, according to some media outlets and humanitarian-aid groups. But others contend that additional analysis is necessary to verify the circumstances.

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Singapore is first to bottle and sell wastewater for drinking.

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A subtle but important trend in the water sector is only now starting to emerge in developing nations.

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Fiji Water, one of the world’s most well-promoted brands of bottled water, is also one of the most secretive and private.

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Following the Plastiki’s journey 11,000 miles through the Great Pacific Garbage Patch–a Texas-sized gyre of plastic litter.

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As the Southeast Asian country battles with climate change, it looks to use less hydropower.

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Circle of Blue revisits seas of dying grass and blowing sand in northern China.

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Thousands are left homeless along the Naf River border of Bangladesh and Myanmar due to flash floods.

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Infrastructure to succeed Malaysia import agreement, expiring in 2011.

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David de Rothschild’s Plastiki voyage and vessel are designed to redefine global use, and reuse, of plastic.

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Issues of water management caused the New Zealand Parliament to replace a 14-member elected environmental council with an appointed commission.

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