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Circle of Blue Senior Editor Keith Schneider discusses how new energy-efficient, water-conserving, land-protecting operating principles are slowly becoming priorities around the world.

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The Global Rundown China’s top executive body addresses drinking water pollution. A grandiose engineering project in India faces delay. Cuba, in a drought, will shoot chemicals into clouds, to induce rain. Alaska’s glaciers are getting baked. Infrastructure is an emerging issue in Canada’s national election. “This election is a clear choice between smart investments that […]

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The Global Rundown New Zealand plans to close its coal-fired power plants and transition almost entirely to renewable energy sources. Acid mine drainage is a persistent pollution problem in the western United States, and protesters in Brazil continue to pressure Rio de Janeiro to clean up its Olympic waters. Turkey completed the undersea portion of […]

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The Global Rundown Climate change will likely be very costly for private investors, according to a new report. It is also an increasing threat to people in China’s coastal cities, a researcher said. Drought and disease are destroying olive crops in Spain and Italy, while recent rains could mean a record sugar crop in Thailand. […]

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The Global Rundown Farmers in Europe are growing wetland crops that could preserve wildlife habitat and keep the land from being drained. California proposed a record fine for illegal water diversions, while New York lawmakers urged the state to ban microbeads. China raised its first green bond to fund environmental projects. The El Nino this […]

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The Global Rundown Global seas could still rise well above current levels even if temperature increases are curbed, scientists found. Several people were arrested and water supplies were shut down in Kosovo’s capital city over the weekend, and Typhoon Chan-Hom brought heavy rainstorms to China. North Korea’s drought may be easing, while water rationing is […]

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The Global Rundown The monsoon in Nepal has made life difficult for families living in a tent city after the country’s major earthquake. The Panama Canal’s expansion is slowly taking shape as the new locks fill with water. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the United States released its forecast for this summer’s Lake […]

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The Global Rundown China said it will not permit coal-to-gas conversion plants in areas with insufficient water supplies. A cholera outbreak continues to claim lives in South Sudan, and malnutrition threatens children in Nepal. Zambia plans to cut power supplies to mines next week. A federal appeals court sided with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency […]

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Hydro Resources drilling a well near Sublette, Kansas.

Scientists do not know how much groundwater is left.

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Circle of Blue intern Crystal Edmunds recounts her first-hand experience of the Gorkha earthquake and raises questions about what it means for water.

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The Global Rundown Ancient water systems in Oman are drying up, China’s infrastructure system wastes much of the hydropower it generates, and southern Asia is preparing for possible food price inflation due to an El Nino. Leaky pipes can introduce contaminants to water systems, researchers in the United Kingdom found. An initiative in the Great […]

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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 Global Rundown Militant action in Iraq threatens the country’s southern provinces with drought. China’s textile industry is under growing pressure to reduce water pollution, a United Kingdom judge argued polluting companies should be fined more, and Venezuela’s oil minister criticized hydraulic fracturing for its effects on water. El Nino will likely cause crop losses […]

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The Global Rundown Forecasts for India’s monsoon dropped rainfall below 90 percent of average. Hydropower reserves are down in Brazil, but dam projects are booming in British Columbia. More than 400 people were aboard a passenger ship that capsized in the Yangtze River. The United States proposed stricter conservation measures for the threatened bull trout, […]

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The Global Rundown Changing patterns of extreme weather are a threat to China’s major infrastructure projects, according to the country’s top meteorologist. Colorado invests millions in agricultural water efficiency, Detroit studies ways to help residents pay their water bills, and Utah auditors urge the state to improve water data. Singapore kicks off a project to […]

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The Global Rundown Dead zones are appearing in the open waters of the Atlantic Ocean. A water theft is being investigated in Colorado, and a McDonald’s frozen fry processing plant has been fined for polluting water in China. “The fact that the water is missing, there really is no doubt about that. The question is how […]

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Near the earthquake epicenter, workers were rescued from a dam that is currently under construction by a Chinese company.

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The Global Rundown Researchers in Switzerland found links between warming global temperatures and the frequency of extreme rainfall events. The United States lowered the recommended level of fluoride in drinking water. Reduced hydropower could increase the risk of power brownouts in the western United States this summer, and unrealistic water transfer ideas abound in California. […]

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The Global Rundown China is cracking down on polluting businesses in a bid to turn around the country’s water quality problem, and Mozambique is blaming changing floodplains on climate change. Des Moines is treating nitrates in its water supply. Rural women are being encouraged to start water treatment businesses. “Females are our best entrepreneurs. They […]

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The Global Rundown Germany is beginning to tackle nitrogen pollution in its lakes and rivers. Nepal approved a major hydropower dam, a start-up in Portland,Oregon, uses drinking water pipes to create hydropower, and Flint, Michigan invests in a massive new water filter. A mine manager in Guatemala was jailed for a trial over water pollution. […]

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