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The Global Rundown The U.S. Senate has approved Keystone XL, and the time has come for the President of the United States to either sign or veto. The time has also come and gone – again – to launch NASA‘s soil moisture monitoring satellite. A new study says that extreme storms are likely to get […]

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The Global Rundown Sao Paulo could have its water supply cut to just two days per week as a severe drought continues, while state legislators in the United States are considering cutting water to the National Security Agency. Ireland’s government department charged with issuing water rebates does not have enough resources to do so. Approximately […]

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The Global Rundown Barack Obama failed to secure a firm commitment on carbon emissions during his recent trip to India, but Florida Governor Rick Scott is making a firm financial commitment to the Everglades. Groundwater in Lahore, Pakistan is declining rapidly, and taps in Blantyre, Malawi are still running dry following flood damage three weeks […]

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Despite warm and cold extremes in 2014, precipitation and temperature trends over the past century show a drier Southwest and Southeast, a wetter Midwest and Northeast, and overall warming. By Kaye LaFond Circle of Blue The data is in, and though 2014 was a year of weather extremes, more than 120 years of record-keeping show […]

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The Global Rundown A lack of safe water and sanitation is deadlier in Nigeria than terrorist group Boko Haram, a nonprofit group found, and a deadly mosquito-spread encephalitis is increasingly common in northern India due to changing rainfall and temperatures. The United Kingdom’s Environmental Audit Committee recommended a moratorium on fracking, while a spill of […]

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The Rundown California drought plan has three goals. India and the United States cooperate on clean energy. Industry and regulators agree to phase out copper brakes while the uranium industry faces new rules to protect groundwater. At the same time, pollution is rising in America’s aquifers. The political crisis in Yemen has environmental roots. A […]

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Prime Minister Modi and President Obama this week need to talk about 21st-century development.

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

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The Global Rundown Scientists have categorized the nine natural processes vital to life on earth, and determined that humans are throwing four of them dangerously out of whack. A diesel fuel spill into the St. Lawrence River left some Quebec residents under a tap water drinking ban this week. BP’s maximum fine for the Gulf of Mexico […]

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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 Two lawsuits involving hydraulic fracturing were filed in the United States this week. In Pakistan, residents of drought-stricken Tharparkar District are getting relief from the Sindh provincial government, and the Indus River Delta is being swallowed up by rising sea levels. In Florida, engineers must find a way to send water from […]

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The Global Rundown Syrian refugees are shivering in tents across the Middle East this week, and some are having their water delivery routes blocked by snow. The European Investment Bank has given Welsh Water a loan to improve infrastructure in Wales. A scientific study linking fracking to earthquakes in Ohio has been published. Veolia plans to […]

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The Global Rundown Shell is paying $US 83 million to a Nigerian community devastated by oil spills in 2008 and 2009, and two Muslim charities are donating $US 100,000 to keep more Detroit citizens from having their water shut off. Togo‘s capital city will see a 50% increase in its water supply this year, and […]

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Circle of Blue’s Keith Schneider discusses the implications of the landmark climate agreement.

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Keith Schneider reports that the U.S.-China climate agreement is a Circle of Blue high point.

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The Global Rundown Ethiopia will almost double its energy output when the new Gibe 3 dam comes online this year. Floods triggered by a tropical storm are hitting the Philippines, and Sri Lanka’s disaster warning and response systems are still a work in progress. West Virginia residents are still wary of their water a year […]

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

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The Rundown Federal agencies release regulatory schedules for 2015. The EPA hands out a record Clean Water Act penalty. A Bureau of Reclamation study looks at tribal water use in the Colorado River Basin. President Obama signs a bill for drinking water and sanitation in poor countries. “Inadequate access to safe water and sanitation services […]

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