Andes

Mining Large gold mining projects proposed for the Colombian Andes pose threats to unique páramo ecosystems, and subsequently water supplies for the country’s capital and other cities, Yale Environment 360 reported. Mining directly in the páramo is banned in Colombia, but conservationists worry that mining nearby could cause cyanide contamination of water supplies. Global mining […]

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A new research center hosted by the Stockholm International Water Institute will focus on resolving transboundary water disputes, Bloomberg News reported. Violent conflicts over water may become more common due to climate change and increasing competition between water users. Deforestation An interactive map developed by the University of Maryland and Google shows how the world’s […]

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Africa South Africa will need an investment of $US 71 billion over the next 10 years to supply enough water to meet growing demand, Bloomberg News reported. The country needs the money to update its water infrastructure, including sanitation and irrigation projects. Much of the money being spent on European Union-backed water and sanitation projects […]

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Peru Plans for a $500 million water project in Peru could divert rainwater across the Andes from the Amazon Basin to the country’s dry coast, turning the desert there into farmland, Reuters reported. The Olmos Irrigation Project is slated to start in 2014, and is one of seven large projects Peru has planned to increase […]

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Water Supply A new study about Andean glaciers found that the pace of ice retreat in the tropical Andes is “unprecedented,” putting the water supply for many South American communities at risk, the Guardian reported. The study, published in Cryosphere, claims that an average temperature rise of 0.7 degree Celsius over 70 years is behind […]

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More research needed to understand risk of glacial floods.

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Steve Solomon, author of the forthcoming WATER: The Epic Struggle for Wealth, Power, and Civilization, pens a guest editorial for Circle of Blue that examines water’s integral role as a planetary climate regulator.

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Under the strong Patagonian sun, a glacier is glowing with health despite the effects of global warming.

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