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Circle of Blue reporter Brett Walton says that drought is forcing the public to confront important questions about the value of water.

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Grazing cattle vastly outnumber people in the Sites Valley of northern California, where a new reservoir is proposed.

New surface water storage project would be largest in California since 1979.

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Receding glaciers, growing cities, and expanding agriculture threaten the highest navigable lake in the world.

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Del Puerto Water District to buy a third of its water supply from Modesto and Turlock treatment plants.

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The Global Rundown Illegal gold mining in Zimbabwe is contaminating drinking water supplies, while children in Syria are at increasing risk from waterborne diseases. Fuel shortages in Yemen could turn deadly, aid agency Oxfam warned. Thailand’s government will loan billions to help farmers cope with drought. “There are no jobs and children are not going […]

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Water level’s could fall significantly due to development along the Omo River, the lake’s largest tributary.

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The Global Rundown Australia released plans to invest in water infrastructure, the Philippines called for bids to build a new dam to supply water to Manila, and Peru declared a state of emergency in preparation for an El Nino. Cities in California are raising water rates to replace revenue lost to conservation efforts. Farming communities […]

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The Global Rundown Colombia is struggling to contain an oil spill and safeguard water supplies after rebel forces attacked an oil pipeline last week. Researchers tracked the virtual destinations of groundwater used to grow food in the United States. Perth, Australia, will begin pumping larger quantities of groundwater to supplement its water supply. In India, […]

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In response to truculent planet, conserving water, limiting climate emissions, and achieving “net zero” energy use are top priorities.

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The Global Rundown Power outages left residents of Karachi, Pakistan, without water and air-conditioning during a searing heat wave over the weekend, while fuel shortages threatened hospital water supplies in war-torn Syria. The Earth could be entering a sixth great extinction event due to human activity, scientists found. Food companies operating in India struggle to […]

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The largest lake in Iran is shrinking rapidly, threatening tourism and health.

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The Global Rundown A United States plan would provide rainfall and temperature data to help developing countries prepare for climate change. The United Nations secretary-general reiterated the importance of keeping water on the international development agenda, and officials from the Middle East and Northern Africa raised concerns about water conservation in their region. Michigan unveiled […]

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Legislation would redirect the flow of money for water-saving projects.

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Across continents and hemispheres, a growing list of human and environmental pressures threaten the world’s largest lakes, inhibiting their ability to supply water, drive economic activity, preserve biodiversity, and sustain communities.

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The Global Rundown Militant action in Iraq threatens the country’s southern provinces with drought. China’s textile industry is under growing pressure to reduce water pollution, a United Kingdom judge argued polluting companies should be fined more, and Venezuela’s oil minister criticized hydraulic fracturing for its effects on water. El Nino will likely cause crop losses […]

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Lana Pollack is the U.S. Chair of the International Joint Commission

Lana Pollack, U.S. Chair of the IJC, talks with Circle of Blue last month in Chicago about some of the most pressing issues in the Great Lakes region.

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Groundwater, food imports, low fuel prices, and a strong American dollar have more influence on prices than drought.

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No comprehensive data exist on agricultural water consumption.

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The Global Rundown India will spend more than a billion dollars to build sewage plants along the Ganges River. Protests over water concerns suspended a copper mine in Peru, a typhoon cut water supplies to parts of Guam, and Washington state declared a drought emergency. Water shutoffs will resume in Detroit, and the United States […]

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The Global Rundown Groundwater levels are quickly declining in Jaipur, India. An El Nino weather pattern has formed, and Uruguay has achieved high levels of potable water. Sri Lanka is protecting mangroves by empowering women, Central Africa is expanding weather data for farmers, and the United States is debating which waterways are protected under federal […]

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