budget cuts

Like with any spending plan, water programs, because of their diversity, seesawed in the president’s budget request. Some programs were down, some up. Two programs that tipped way down were the state revolving funds, which provide low-interest loans to drinking water and sewer projects. President Obama requested a 25 percent cut. The president also requested […]

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Less money means fewer staff positions and fewer research projects at the nation’s universities.

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The most severe drought in 117 years of recordkeeping on the Great Plains came quickly, without warning, and without any dominant cause, according to an analysis by university and government scientists. It was largely not a result of climate change, they claim, and it was not the result of the drought conditions in Texas from […]

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The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee approved a bill that would limit the scope of the Clean Water Act to guidelines written by the Bush administration in 2007. Bloomberg BNA reports that a House floor vote should happen soon. The House Appropriations Committee also included language to block the new guidance in a water and […]

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Some key programs identified in the draft, which was released earlier this week, are also facing budget cuts for the 2013 fiscal year.

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Federal budget cuts at Environment Canada, the country’s environmental department, have forced the agency to trim some of its wastewater monitoring programs and water conservation efforts, among others, Postmedia News reported. Tens of thousands of refugees in a South Sudanese camp must be relocated immediately to escape life-threatening water shortages and diseases, the international aid […]

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With just a few days before China unveils its development plan for the next five years, should the world’s biggest energy consumer rein in its energy intensity targets to reflect its current reduction capacity or should it pump up its goals? Chinadialogue presents two opposing views. Indian activists are up in arms over a U.S. […]

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Can the water crisis get Middle Eastern countries to cooperate? A new report for the Swiss and Swedish governments argues that Turkey, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine and Israel will have little choice but work together to solve their impending water problems. Meanwhile, Jordan plans to battle its water scarcity with seawater greenhouses, solar power […]

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