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The Rundown California drought bill targets fish, water operations, and storage. NOAA releases nutrient pollution forecasts for Lake Erie and Chesapeake Bay. A new data tool hopes to reduce the risk of dam failure. EPA report looks at the financial costs and benefits of climate action while issuing new regulations for underground storage tanks. NOAA […]

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The Central Valley farming county has the highest number of dry wells in California.

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Tulare County continues to be the center of the drought’s drinking water crisis.

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In response to truculent planet, conserving water, limiting climate emissions, and achieving “net zero” energy use are top priorities.

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The Global Rundown Violations during the construction of Brazil’s massive Belo Monte dam threaten families living nearby, federal prosecutors said. North Korea is suffering its worst drought in 100 years, while cities in northern India contend with water shortages and a rise in waterborne diseases. Refugees in Sudan also face risks from disease as the […]

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The Rundown The president discusses drought with western governors. More problems, more money for communities affected by drought. NOAA’s National Water Center opens new facility. The USGS tests a water gun. Reclamation releases a new basin study, in Idaho. Columbia River Treaty negotiations will be broader. “Fortunately, this bipartisan legislation will stop the final rule […]

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A lawsuit, an official’s resignation, and failed legislative proposals marked the beginning of June.

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The Global Rundown Mexico‘s only oil and gas company has discovered large hydrocarbon reserves in the Gulf of Mexico. A new study shows that most kids and teens in the United States are dehydrated. The drought in California is ushering in a new form of vigilante justice. “When you’re trying to do your best personally, […]

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Increasing block rates garner closer attention.

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The Global Rundown A global survey found that more than 60 percent of people want countries to reach a climate change deal this year. Mine tailings dams threaten rivers and communities in British Columbia and Alaska, while water is a central concern for those protesting Peru’s Tia Maria copper mine. Flash floods hit central Switzerland, […]

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Lawmakers seek to make public a trove of groundwater data.

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The Global Rundown The majority of China‘s groundwater is too polluted for human use. California upped its conservation game in April. In one village in India, when wives don’t have enough time to fetch water for the family, the solution is to add another wife. “I had to have someone to bring us water, and […]

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The oil industry’s relationship to water is governed by a surprising ratio.

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State and federal authorities move to tame use of aquifers as oil field dumps.

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The Global Rundown Zambia and Zimbabwe are struggling with power cuts as water shortages hinder hydropower production. Himalayan glaciers could retreat dramatically by the end of the century, and environmental organizers say Chile’s water privatization is hurting rural communities. President Obama approved a new Clean Water Rule for the United States, researchers found that methadone […]

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Groundwater, food imports, low fuel prices, and a strong American dollar have more influence on prices than drought.

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Cities must cut water use by 25 percent in 2015.

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No comprehensive data exist on agricultural water consumption.

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Infographic: CA Water Withdrawals

A breakdown of where California’s water is used most, from fracking and Nestle’s bottling plant to almonds and lawns.

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The Global Rundown Groundwater levels are quickly declining in Jaipur, India. An El Nino weather pattern has formed, and Uruguay has achieved high levels of potable water. Sri Lanka is protecting mangroves by empowering women, Central Africa is expanding weather data for farmers, and the United States is debating which waterways are protected under federal […]

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