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The Global Rundown The drought in Puerto Rico is so severe that the territory is cutting school days in some areas and asking the U.S. Department of Defense for relief. President Obama signed the Drinking Water Protection Act, which seeks to safeguard human health from algal toxins in places like the Great Lakes. The U.S. […]

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The Rundown EPA triggers a mining waste accident. The Gulf of Mexico dead zone is larger than expected. Oil and gas waste, even treated, raises concerns for an endangered mussel in Pennsylvania. Water infrastructure funds need better management. The Senate joins the House in passing an algae bill. EPA finds fault with environmental review for […]

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Circle of Blue reporter Codi Kozacek summarizes the major steps taken to reduce toxic algae blooms in Lake Erie.

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The Global Rundown City water supplies returned to Aleppo, Syria, following a cut-off prompted by fighting. Concerns about water security caused stocks to drop in India, while floods in Kashmir killed five people. Residents of Toledo, Ohio, are hoarding water as algae season commences in Lake Erie. A new online atlas provides water data for […]

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The Rundown NOAA scientists update their algae forecast for Lake Erie. California representatives introduce more water legislation while a massive engineering project spawns another environmental review and state regulators approve a reservoir plan to save salmon. NASA studies carbon storage in wetlands. The Obama administration reports on climate actions. Several EPA advisory committees will meet. […]

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BigLakes03

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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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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The Rundown Senators discussed Indian water rights, while a House committee heard complaints from states over stream protection rule. Western states received $US 50 million for water conservation and recycling. NOAA issued the first algae forecast of the year. Two reports assessed climate adaptation by federal agencies. Yakima River Basin water availability declines. The Senate […]

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The Global Rundown Blooms of harmful algae in Chesapeake Bay increased significantly over the past two decades, researchers found. Nicaragua is moving forward with a massive shipping canal project through Lake Nicaragua, a lawsuit in California seeks to stop the injection of wastewater from oil and gas operations, and human rights activists are raising the […]

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The Global Rundown California‘s reservoirs have only one year’s supply of water left, while Russia‘s Lake Baikal is at a record low and infected with algae. A number of people have died as a result of flooding in Angola. Suez Environnement will bring 40 of their global brands under one name, and one of Jupiter‘s moons […]

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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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SherrodBrown

After last summer’s toxic algae outbreak, safe drinking water is a priority again in Ohio, the state that spurred the Clean Water Act four decades ago.

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The Global Rundown Work will resume on a three-country study of Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance Dam. A partnership between universities in Chicago and Israel seeks to tackle water scarcity at the molecular level, while Australia is rolling out technology to clean agricultural wastewater with algae. India is raising awareness of water issues this month, and a […]

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The Global Rundown Malaysia and Thailand are being hit with severe flooding during the seasonal monsoon, 10 years after floods from a major tsunami devastated Southeast Asia. Meanwhile, properties worth billions of dollars are at risk of falling into the sea in the United Kingdom. Companies in the United States paid billions in environmental fines […]

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The Rundown Lawmakers asked questions about toxic algae and international water conflicts, while regulators looked at liquefied natural gas terminals and pipelines. The Supreme Court appointed two special masters for interstate water lawsuits, and the president’s climate task force released adaptation recommendations. “Some may believe that the solution to this drinking water problem is a […]

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The Global Rundown Chicago cannot shut off the water supply of a suburb that owes it $US 28 million in unpaid water bills, and the Utah wants to shut off the water supply to the NSA. 2.5 billion people do not have basic sanitation services, and half of the children in Yemen are malnourished. Germany […]

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulations are insufficient for guarding against pesticides, heavy metals, solvents, and other hazardous chemicals being put into waterways from sewage treatment plants, according to an investigation by the agency’s internal watchdog. Hazardous chemicals come under two sets of regulations. The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) applies to most circumstances, and […]

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The potential for violence, conflict, and government upheaval arising from natural resource scarcity and a warming planet continues to catch the eye of America’s top spooks. “Competition for scarce resources, such as food, water, or energy, will likely increase tensions within and between states and could lead to more localized or regional conflicts, or exacerbate […]

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A new member of the Circle of Blue team introduces herself.

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United States At least 182 households in California’s San Joaquin valley no longer have running water in their homes due to the ongoing drought, prompting bottled water distributions by emergency services, the Associated Press reported. Circle of Blue’s latest story about the drought explains how a well-drilling “free-for-all” by the agriculture industry is behind the […]

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