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Do you enjoy reading the daily Stream? Keep the Stream flowing, contribute to our Crowdrise challenge. The Global Rundown Water temperatures are warming faster than air temperatures in lakes around the world, according to new research. Climate change is likely to double the number of severe algae blooms in Lake Erie over the next 100 […]

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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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The Global Rundown Urbanization and flooding are two factors driving an increase in dengue fever cases in Asia, while low water levels and contaminated wells have been blamed for an outbreak of cholera in Iraq. Perth, Australia, is sinking due to groundwater withdrawals, and Cameroon’s largest city is increasing its efforts to harvest rainwater. The […]

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The Global Rundown Brazil’s environment agency said it will withhold an operating license for the Belo Monte dam until mitigation projects are complete. The number of cholera cases rose in Iraq, while a malaria outbreak continued in a South Sudan refugee camp. Pope Francis asked the United States to address climate change, and New Zealand […]

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The Global Rundown At least six people have died from a cholera outbreak in the western outskirts of Iraq‘s capital. A group of scientists are recommending a ban on plastic microbeads in the United States. India is relying less and less on its monsoon rains. “The dependency on the monsoon has been decreasing over the […]

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The Global Rundown A group of scientists from Yale spent three years counting the world’s trees. Public water in Flint, Michigan is picking up lead as it travels through old pipes and fixtures. Syria‘s water infrastructure is reaching a tipping point. “Over the next two years we will begin to see in cities like Aleppo […]

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The Global Rundown Extreme rainfall events are happening much more frequently due to warming global temperatures, scientists found. Drought threatens to cut rice production in Thailand and North Korea. A trial for an oral cholera vaccine was successful in Bangladesh. Oregon’s governor is planning ahead for worsening drought conditions. “From a political perspective, a prolonged […]

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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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The Global Rundown An attack on an oil pipeline has spilled several thousand barrels of crude into a Colombia river. Groundwater is declining fast in Pakistan‘s breadbasket region. The capital of Ghana is ill-equipped to handle heavy rain. “It’s a social and environmental tragedy.” — Juan Carlos Echeverry, CEO of Colombia’s state-run oil company Ecopetrol, […]

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The Global Rundown Municipalities in South Africa may soon be required to devote money to water infrastructure, while the United States federal government may soon have more power to limit pollution in the nation’s surface waters. Refugees from Burundi making their home in Tanzania are experiencing a cholera outbreak. Glaciers in the Antarctic have seen […]

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The Global Rundown Melting ice in Greenland has hindered normal circulation of the Atlantic that brings heat north from the tropics. California residents don’t think their neighbors are doing enough to conserve water, and many citizens of Ireland may refuse to pay their water bills. Flooding has killed four and interrupted copper mining in northern Chile, […]

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The Global Rundown State employees in Florida are forbidden to formally discuss climate change, and the Detroit Water and Sewerage Board has approved a rate increase for next year. Agadir, Morocco will benefit from a new desalination plant, and Haiti has benefited from nonprofit Plumbers Without Borders. One of Saturn‘s moons is home to an ocean […]

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The Global Rundown Climate change was likely behind the drought that helped push Syria into civil war, scientists found. Two separate oil spills contaminated river water used for drinking and irrigation in Washington state and Virginia, while ongoing problems with water and sanitation infrastructure are contributing to food insecurity in Gaza. A cholera outbreak in […]

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The Global Rundown Lack of safe drinking water is increasing the risk for a cholera outbreak in Syria, and a drought is decreasing copper output in Chile. A study in England finds a link between fluoridated water and hypothyroidism, and a study by United Nations University says cutting out corruption and subsidies will help meet […]

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Drought Vast clouds of water vapor that typically flow from the Amazon rainforest to southern Brazil failed last year, possibly causing the severe drought that is afflicting cities like Sao Paulo, Climate News Network reported. Scientists believe that deforestation in the Amazon basin and climate change are to blame for stopping the flow of water […]

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Asia The South Asia region could lose as much as 9 percent of its annual gross domestic product by 2100 if nothing is done to curtail climate change, according to a new report from the Asian Development Bank, AlertNet reported. Increasingly common extreme weather events are expected to damage infrastructure, agriculture and human health in […]

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Water Scarcity Water supplies are increasingly being used as a weapon in conflicts, especially in the Middle East and Africa, Inter Press Service reported. The United Nations has recently expressed concerns about forces in Syria deliberately cutting off supplies to civilians, which it called a violation of international humanitarian and human rights law. Water shortages […]

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Water Contamination Cholera in Haiti’s waterways is a persistent and neglected crisis nearly four years after United Nations peacekeepers allegedly introduced the disease following the devastating 2010 earthquake, The New York Times reported. Clinics treating those affected by the disease have been closing, and large funding shortfalls are leaving communities without necessary water purification tablets […]

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Water Supply Tropical forests act like sponges that trap water during storms, making them critical to protecting surrounding areas from excessive runoff and flooding, say scientists from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Phys.org reported. By looking at changes in land use in Panama, the researchers found that tropical forests are much more efficient at trapping […]

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Water demand from energy producers is driving a rapid increase in global desalination capacity, Bloomberg News reported. This year, total desalination capacity is expected to be 50 percent greater than last year’s capacity, able to produce 80.9 million cubic meters of water. Sea Level Rise Rising water due to climate change could threaten $US 226 […]

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