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The Global Rundown Natural disasters in the Asia-Pacific region accounted for nearly half of the world total in the past decade, highlighting the need to invest in measures to protect against future disasters and climate change, according to a United Nations report. Thailand urged farmers not to plant rice this season due to a drought […]

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The Global Rundown Urbanization and flooding are two factors driving an increase in dengue fever cases in Asia, while low water levels and contaminated wells have been blamed for an outbreak of cholera in Iraq. Perth, Australia, is sinking due to groundwater withdrawals, and Cameroon’s largest city is increasing its efforts to harvest rainwater. The […]

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The Global Rundown The billionaire who is backing the Nicaragua Canal lost billions of dollars over the summer, prompting some experts to doubt the project’s viability. Zimbabwe announced plans to curb electricity shortages by turning to solar power. Researchers called on countries in water-scarce regions to improve cooperation around water management. Investigators did not find […]

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Elynn Walter is the sustainability director at WASH Advocates, a Washington, D.C.-based initiative that aims to increase awareness of the global water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) challenge and solutions, and to increase the amount and effectiveness of resources devoted to those solutions throughout the developing world. She talks with Circle of Blue about the Sustainable Development subgoal to achieve universal drinking water access.

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The Global Rundown Ancient water systems in Oman are drying up, China’s infrastructure system wastes much of the hydropower it generates, and southern Asia is preparing for possible food price inflation due to an El Nino. Leaky pipes can introduce contaminants to water systems, researchers in the United Kingdom found. An initiative in the Great […]

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The Global Rundown Detroit will continue shutting off water for unpaid accounts through the winter, while Iowa may set restrictions to protect an important aquifer. China is spending billions to prevent oil pipeline disasters, India is brainstorming how to conserve water, and Seattle is looking at green infrastructure to save fish. Italy is struggling with […]

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Health Africa Access to clean water is crucial for both treating Ebola patients in Africa and preventing the spread of the disease, according to the aid agency UNICEF, RT reported. One patient needs an estimated 150 liters of clean water a day, approximately 10 times the amount typically available per capita in Liberia. Water Supply […]

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Climate Change Asia, Pacific Climate change, population growth and the intensification of industry and agriculture are threatening important ecosystems on the Tibetan plateau, according to a study by the Kunming Institute of Botany, China Dialogue reported. One of the most important functions of these ecosystems—a function that will likely be diminished by the changes— is […]

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India will spend $US 1 billion by 2017 to clean up waterways and make more water available for irrigation, Bloomberg News reported. Government officials say the plan will allow an additional 500,000 hectares of land to be irrigated. Climate Change Water supplies in some of Asia’s major rivers may be at risk as glaciers on […]

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Asia Water cleanup systems meant to decrease the radioactivity of wastewater at Japan’s damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant have malfunctioned, prompting the Tokyo Electric Power Company to suspend water cleanup operations, the Japan Times reported. One of the three systems was not sufficiently reducing levels of radioactive substances in the water, and officials stopped the […]

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Some manufacturers are beginning to improve the water and energy efficiency of their Asian factories to save money and resources, even though government regulations often do not require the changes, The New York Times reported. An Intel factory in Vietnam, for example, is planning improvements that will reduce its water consumption by as much as […]

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A new study from the World Resources Institute shows the connection between crops and water scarcity.

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Climate Change Despite some actions to improve ecosystem resiliency and guard against more severe weather, China remains largely unprepared to protect its people and infrastructure—such as energy and water supplies—from climate change, according to a report from the country’s National Development and Reform Commission, Reuters reported. The commission said public knowledge of climate threats and […]

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Countries in eastern Africa, the Middle East, and Asia are most at risk of war due to a lack of cooperation over transboundary water resources, according to a report from the Mumbai-based Strategic Foresight Group. The report also argues that countries involved in meaningful cooperation over water resources are less likely to experience conflicts over […]

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Energy and Water Pumping water underground to produce geothermal energy or to hydraulically fracture rocks could lead to large—magnitude 4 or 5—earthquakes, according to recent studies, the Guardian reported. One study found a clear correlation between underground water injection and the frequency of earthquakes. Australia’s government must decide whether or not to require a full […]

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Asia and the Pacific Lack of access to safe water in Pacific countries and stressed rivers in Asia are threats to the regions’ water security, according to a new study from the Asian Development Bank and the Asia-Pacific Water Forum. The study found that 75 percent of countries in Asia and the Pacific currently lack […]

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In 2007, from 5,600 meters atop the north side of Mount Everest, explorer David Breashears recalls how he was “astonished” by what he saw and “shocked” that he hadn’t been more aware of the state of this Tibetan glacier. Breashears was on a comparative photography assignment to match a photo from 1921 with the modern […]

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Days of heavy rainfall have swollen rivers in the United Kingdom, where nearly 60 flood warnings remained in force Thursday and areas of York were already underwater, the Guardian reported. South America Brazil has the potential to become the world’s breadbasket due to its water resources, argues private investor and author James Dale Davidson in […]

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The water around the defunct Union Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal, India is not fit for consumption, according to a report from the Indian Institute of Toxicology Research, NDTV reported. The report was filed with India’s Supreme Court, which has been petitioned to order the disposal of chemical waste left in the plant after the […]

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Asian Water Crisis A dike breach in Bangkok, Thailand put pressure on the national government to step up severe weather adaptation efforts. Flooding is an issue in many of Asia’s biggest cities, Inter Press Service reported, since urban immigrants often crowd major river deltas. Asian countries have the lowest per-capita access to fresh water in […]

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