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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 Global Rundown Floods in the U.S. Plains have helped lift a drought in the region, and wet weather is here to stay. Atlanta, Georgia is greatly expanding its emergency water supply, Nairobi, Kenya, is experimenting with water ATMs, and Florida environmental groups are suing the state over conservation budgets. A Canada-based water company recalled […]

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The Global Rundown Puerto Rico has announced it will start water rationing, while Duke Energy has announced it will provide water to nearby North Carolina residents with polluted wells. An old pipeline sprung a large leak in a Hawaiian forest, and Wyoming has criminalized citizen science. “This is not the time to be filling up […]

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The Global Rundown California is warning that water wasters could face steep fines, while drought in the western United States brought Lake Mead to its lowest level on record. Djibouti is pursuing geothermal power to bring down energy prices, and Brazil and Bolivia may build a major new hydropower dam. Organizations in Latin America are […]

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irrigation gate in Coachella Valley

A vortex of attention swirls around industrial activity that does not consume much water.

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The Global Rundown Droughts, floods, sanitation problems and other water risks are costing the world billions each year. Farm pollution is worsening in China, the Solomon Islands refused to let a gold mine release untreated water from its tailings dam, and Pakistan found eight bottled water brands to be unsafe for consumption. Saudi Arabia should […]

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The Global Rundown Rainfall and rising lake levels near Dallas, Texas have caused officials to consider easing of water restrictions, and China‘s new environmental law has hit a couple of state-run refineries with fines. Antarctic ice shelves are melting rapidly, and farmers in India will soon be able to access satellite crop data via their […]

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The Global Rundown Residents of Namibia‘s capital are being told to save water amid drought fears, and the Chinese are buying a lot of bottled water because they fear their tap water. Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan have come to a preliminary agreement about operation of the Renaissance Dam on the Nile, and the Achuar tribe of […]

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The Global Rundown Climate change was likely behind the drought that helped push Syria into civil war, scientists found. Two separate oil spills contaminated river water used for drinking and irrigation in Washington state and Virginia, while ongoing problems with water and sanitation infrastructure are contributing to food insecurity in Gaza. A cholera outbreak in […]

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The Global Rundown Desalination is increasingly common and important in the Caribbean, while in Israel it is is expected to account for half of the country’s water supply by next year. Snowpack in the western United States is well below normal, environmental groups worry dams in Mongolia could further deplete a shrinking Lake Baikal, and […]

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The Global Rundown Scientists have calculated that it would take more than the amount of water California uses in a single year to make up for water lost during the drought. The World Bank just approved a loan to Kenya for improved water access, and British Columbia just approved a controversial hydropower project. Oil is […]

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Natural Disasters Water levels rose as much as 3 meters in areas of Manila as rains from tropical storm Mario flooded the Philippine capital, The New York Times reported. More than 500,000 people were evacuated from the city while schools, offices, transportation and electricity closed down. Emergency supplies of bottled water are being shipped into […]

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India Both India and Pakistan have offered to assist each other after monsoon rains caused deadly floods in the Kashmir region, Reuters reported. The two countries have long been at odds over Kashmir, but the death of at least 239 people in the floods prompted cooperation. Unlicensed bottled water plants supply just as much water […]

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Photo courtesy of Kris Kaczor / 750 Productions Jean Hill fought to pass the first bottled water ban in the United States in Concord, Massachusetts. Click image to enlarge. By Miles Beauchamp Circle of Blue Divide in Concord — a self-funded documentary about the battle to ban the sale of plastic water bottles in Concord, […]

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Bottled Water With sales of bottled water in China expected to reach $US 16 billion by 2017, some economists worry that government involvement in the industry may encourage lower safety standards as local authorities compete to attract investment, Business Insider reported. China recently announced reforms aimed at cleaning up its food and water supplies. An […]

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Water Conservation Iran’s newly elected president, Hassan Rouhani, has said that it will take “national will” for Iran to conserve its scarce water supplies, urging his top ministers to create a national plan for water conservation, Bloomberg News reported. The president outlined priorities such as curbing illegal well drilling and improving the efficiency of irrigation […]

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Pakistan’s economic growth was 2.9 percent over the past three years compared to a potential growth rate of 6.5 percent each year, a discrepancy that one expert says is largely attributable to three years of destructive flooding, AlertNet reported. Pakistan lost $US 16 billion due to the floods, which killed more than 3,000 people. Chemicals […]

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Water demand is expected to exceed supply by 40 percent in 2030, Michael Zacka, President and CEO of Tetra Pak, writes in a blog post for The Huffington Post. While most companies have sophisticated and effective sustainability programs in place, he notes that water management often falls off radar into less obvious areas of concern. Water Supply […]

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Government Action Nearly 100,000 citizens in Prince George’s County expressed disbelief after the call off of a potential water crisis, The Washington Post reported. Utility workers were able to fix the problem, a 48-year-old broken water valve, on Tuesday, but government officials waited until Wednesday to announce the resolved crisis, after many people had already […]

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Water and Energy To improve decision-making about water and energy, researchers at Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs have developed a method for analyzing links between countries’ water and energy resources, as well as the institutions and stakeholders that manage these resources. Their study, which applies the method to Jordan, was published […]

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