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The Global Rundown After some promising rainstorms to close out 2014, California has returned to dry weather. One of the state’s fiercest water wars, however, may be coming to an end. China says Beijing’s tap water is safe following the arrival of supplies from the South-North transfer project, and the China Development Bank is planning […]

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State and local agencies plan to invest billions in new assets.

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Precipitation was near average, but temperatures smashed the previous heat record.

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The Global Rundown Water was rated, for the first time, as the top global risk today by the World Economic Forum. The Pope said mankind is mostly to blame for global climate change, and researchers found that sea level rise accelerated more in the past 20 years than previously thought. China said it met its […]

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Water rises on the world agenda.

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The Global Rundown Iowa’s largest city is suing over agricultural nitrate pollution in its drinking water sources, while the U.S. Supreme Court has denied an appeal of regulations that keep more water in the Sacramento Delta. Researchers found metal pollution from oil sands in Canada’s Athabasca River to be negligible. Drought-hit Queensland, Australia, is expected […]

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The Rundown The Bureau of Reclamation analyzes a California recycled water project and a linking of reservoirs in Washington state. President Obama opposes Keystone XL legislation. Texas assesses an oil spill, while the Food and Drug Administration releases new draft rules for irrigation water. Scientists begin a California weather study. And 2014 was hot, hot, […]

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John Burchard, General Manager of the Alpaugh Community Services District, walks a ditch bank on the outskirts of town. The small farmworker community in California's Central Valley suffers from high levels of arsenic and other contaminates in its drinking water.

Water is priority in state legislatures and governors’ offices.

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The Global Rundown China is fining companies millions of dollars for polluting rivers with chemical waste, and cities in Iowa are studying ways to work with farmers to reduce nutrient pollution. Snowpack in California is higher than last year, but still below average. Farmers and companies in Poland are opposing a new coal mine in […]

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Water features prominently at world’s largest Earth sciences conference.

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Most aquifers in the state have dropped to record lows.

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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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The Global Rundown A severe drought is threatening food security in Central America. Los Angeles’ water supply is at risk from earthquakes, the newest section of China’s South-North project is now delivering water, and Jordan’s water sector desperately needs investment. Brazil found super bacteria at the 2016 Olympic sailing site, while the United States passed […]

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The Global Rundown Negotiators reached a climate deal in Lima, requiring all countries to create plans to reduce their emissions. Meanwhile, major droughts continued to plague California and Sao Paulo, and China documented its shrinking glaciers. Morocco received more money for water infrastructure projects, while Australia cut funding for infrastructure in the Murray-Darling Basin. Access […]

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The Rundown Budget deal preserves water infrastructure spending and includes guidelines for financing large dams abroad. NOAA scientists examine the causes of the California drought while the House passes drought legislation. The Ogallala Aquifer continues shrinking and ecosystems along the Mexico-U.S. border need comprehensive solutions. Seven rivers will get protected status and the Great Lakes […]

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Just look at the Texas drought — California could be waiting years to recover.

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The Global Rundown Malé, the capital of the Maldives, faces severe water shortages due to a desalination plant fire, while South Africa suffers power outages due to water and fuel shortages. California’s drought is the worst in more than a millennium, Lake Mead water levels are at record lows, and cities in the U.S. West […]

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The Rundown House Republicans try again to send more water to San Joaquin Valley farmers, but President Obama says he’ll veto the bill. The Senate Agriculture Committee talks about agriculture and water pollution, while a Seattle Superfund site gets a $US 342 million prescription. Congress passes a water rights settlement in the Colorado River Basin […]

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The Global Rundown Rain is falling in California, but the state will need a lot more of it to break a three-year drought. Vietnam is predicting drought in the Mekong Delta next year, while Great Lakes water levels are rising. China is spending billions on a new fund to fight pollution, and Kiribati is pessimistic […]

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The Global Rundown Antarctica’s glaciers are melting more quickly all the time – mountains of ice are literally being lost to the ocean. Johannesburg, South Africa, and Ketchikan, Alaska are both accepting the heavy price tags of water quality. Managing water quantity is going to cost Thailand a lot, as well. A Boston-based company, on […]

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