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Expert panel will assess safety of eating food grown with treated wastewater

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The Global Rundown The leader of Cambodia defended his country’s hydropower development plans against criticism that dams will harm fisheries, forests, and the communities that depend on them. Droughts in Papua New Guinea and Ethiopia are creating severe food insecurity, and storms have displaced millions of people in the Philippines. Puerto Rico agreed to upgrade […]

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The Global Rundown The U.S. White House called on the private sector this week to help innovate and invest in technology to improve water management. A budget proposed by the U.S. Congress would keep funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative at its current level, while efforts to keep invasive Asian carp out of the […]

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The Global Rundown Groundwater contaminated with unsafe levels of uranium poses a growing risk to communities in places like California’s Central Valley, while the United Nations warned that mining companies and government officials in Brazil are not doing enough to restore safe water after the Samarco mine disaster. Floods turned deadly in the Democratic Republic […]

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The Global Rundown Emissions of climate-warming gases globally are expected to decline this year, the first time they have done so without an economic downturn. Drought and saltwater intrusion could cause water shortages in Bangkok during the dry season, while flooding in England could cost insurance companies hundreds of millions of dollars. Ghana is raising […]

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The Global Rundown This year will almost certainly be the hottest on record, the World Meteorological Organization announced, and global carbon emissions slowed last year, increasing 0.5 percent. Alaska and British Columbia signed an agreement to improve water quality monitoring in transboundary waters, focusing on mine development in the wake of the Mount Polley mine […]

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The Global Rundown California may keep rules restricting water use in place even after drought conditions subside. South Africa’s largest water provider is facing daily deficits between water demand and its water storage capabilities. Scientists in Brazil say the tailings dam failure at an iron ore mine could affect rivers and streams in the region […]

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Congress could allow year-end deadline for review and enactment to expire.

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The Global Rundown Global levels of carbon dioxide reached a record high average last year for the 30th year in a row, spelling bad news for climate change. South Africa’s government could spend millions to assist farmers affected by a severe drought, while an irrigation district in California is planning to build more groundwater banking […]

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El Nino Droughts Take Toll in Africa Asia and the Pacific

Millions of people from Australia to Ethiopia are facing water shortages, failed harvests, and food insecurity.

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The Rundown A county in northern Georgia wants to increase its water supply. Nitrate levels in U.S. rivers remain high despite a decline in the rate of nitrate discharge. State Department helps build water partnerships in Central Asia. A California recycled water project will undergo an environmental review. The House Science Committee will discuss Pebble […]

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The Global Rundown Erratic monsoon patterns brought on by climate change are the biggest threat to India’s economy, a government finance minister said. South Africa declared disaster areas in two of its nine provinces due to drought, and California fined four water utilities for failing to meet state water conservation requirements. Insurance companies in Australia […]

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The Global Rundown Low water levels in Lake Malawi are significantly cutting hydropower production on Malawi’s largest river, wells are going dry in northern India as groundwater levels drop, and Chinook salmon are declining in California’s Sacramento River as the state’s drought continues. Areas of several major cities in China performed poorly on a government […]

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The Global Rundown A severe drought in South Africa forced utilities to put in place water restrictions for Johannesburg and other major cities, while state officials in drought-hit California prepared for floods from El Nino. Dry weather in Europe is creating a shortage of oil in some inland countries due to low river levels. Residents […]

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A prescribed burn near Butler Creek in California's western Klamath Mountains clears 5.6 hectares (14 acres) of underbrush to serve as a firebreak when the next big wildfire races through the area.

Prescribed burns tested in Klamath Mountains.

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Water problems in the wet states east of the Mississippi River mirror those of the dry American West.

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With city and state carbon reduction limits in place, Oakland set out to meet them. The city audited its buildings, analyzed its fleet of vehicles, and reviewed its solid waste infrastructure with the clear goal of being more efficient.

Quality of life and economy thrives with greater care for water, energy, air, and waste.

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Hundreds more wells face closure in the next 16 months, while unlined disposal pits remain a problem.

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(November 9, 2013. Newman, California)   Bureau of Reclamation Fisheries Biologist Zak Sutphin checks a fish trap set in the San Joaquin River near the town of Newman in California's Central Valley.  The trap, also known as a "Fyke Net," is used to catch salmon so they can be transported upstream by truck, bypassing obstacles, on their way to their historic spawning grounds near Fresno in the Sierra Nevada mountains.

Photograph by Matt Black.

Out of social confrontation over water and fish in California comes a fish story worth telling.

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The Global Rundown Poor water quality and access are forcing residents to leave Aleppo, Syria, amid the country’s civil war, while tensions over water are high along the border of Afghanistan and Iran. The U.S. EPA says test results show emergency water delivered to Navajo farmers this summer was safe for irrigation and livestock. The […]

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