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The Rundown EPA completes a quick internal review of Colorado mine spill. Pesticides in U.S. rivers generally rise and fall with farm use. Tennessee Valley Authority plans to close coal ash ponds. Regulators prepare a new national pipeline map. California desalination plant begins environmental review. “If another country threatened to wipe out an American town, […]

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The Global Rundown China’s top executive body addresses drinking water pollution. A grandiose engineering project in India faces delay. Cuba, in a drought, will shoot chemicals into clouds, to induce rain. Alaska’s glaciers are getting baked. Infrastructure is an emerging issue in Canada’s national election. “This election is a clear choice between smart investments that […]

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CWR_03

Agencies are going after polluters with smaller staffs and less money.

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SeattleSkylineSmoke

All is woe in the water world — or is it? Circle of Blue reporter Brett Walton reflects on an extraordinary summer.

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Bark beetles, water scarcity, and dying trees herald a region in ecological transition during the height of state’s four-year drought.

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The Global Rundown A global survey found that more than 60 percent of people want countries to reach a climate change deal this year. Mine tailings dams threaten rivers and communities in British Columbia and Alaska, while water is a central concern for those protesting Peru’s Tia Maria copper mine. Flash floods hit central Switzerland, […]

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Sitka pipeline

Despite a signed contract, Sitka city officials say the real test is whether water is actually delivered.

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The Global Rundown Researchers in Switzerland found links between warming global temperatures and the frequency of extreme rainfall events. The United States lowered the recommended level of fluoride in drinking water. Reduced hydropower could increase the risk of power brownouts in the western United States this summer, and unrealistic water transfer ideas abound in California. […]

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EPA action under Clean Water Act cited as determining factor.

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The EPA has issued 13 vetoes since the passing of the Clean Water Act.

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The Global Rundown Antarctica’s glaciers are melting more quickly all the time – mountains of ice are literally being lost to the ocean. Johannesburg, South Africa, and Ketchikan, Alaska are both accepting the heavy price tags of water quality. Managing water quantity is going to cost Thailand a lot, as well. A Boston-based company, on […]

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The Global Rundown India’s top environmental court has ordered action on harmful river pollution. Indonesia has been slow to reclaim polluted mine areas, an El Salvador city voted to ban mining, and a United States judge issued an injunction to stop federal action restricting Alaska’s Pebble mine. Canada’s oil sands industry pledged to cut water […]

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Climate Change Nearly 1,000 high-altitude lakes have been formed in Peru over the past 40 years as the country’s glaciers have melted 40 percent, Reuters reported. The glaciers are the source of much of the drinking water in Peru but are disappearing due to climate change, the Peruvian government said. Declining Arctic sea ice is […]

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A private company has filed paperwork to prepare plans for a large hydroelectric dam in Alaska. Glacial Energy LLC, based in Wasilla, Alaska, is seeking a preliminary permit from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for a 113-meter (370-foot) high dam on the Talkeetna River, some 177 kilometers (110 miles) north of Anchorage. The permit allows […]

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Print

Legal experts say process should provide certainty, not worry, for developers.

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After a delayed arrival of the annual monsoon, farmers in northern India are shifting crops and preparing for drought, Business Standard reports. Though heavy rains fell on Sunday in northern India, seasonal precipitation is just 43 percent of normal, the worst since 2009. Hydroelectric power generation will also drop, more so in the south where […]

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Basic scientific research is not glamorous.

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Carbon dioxide released here can drive climate change elsewhere.

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BristolBayWatershed

U.S. agency moves to restrict development in Bristol Bay watershed.

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Water Supply Reservoir levels outside of Tehran are at a “critical level” and approximately 500 cities across Iran are facing water shortages, according to water officials in the country, Voice of America reported. Officials said water cuts could be imposed for some of the 22 million people served by Tehran’s water supply if consumption is […]

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