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2016-01 South Africa 1 KSchneider_Coal-fired power plants east of Joburg

Cities run dry and harvests retreat in an already reeling nation.

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Chandigarh, India

After a year of deep droughts, worsening pollution, rising sea levels, and floods, water was finally recognized as perilous to nations and the international economy.

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The Global Rundown A lawsuit brought by farmers in Nigeria against the Royal Dutch Shell oil company will continue in the Netherlands following an appeals court ruling. South Africa’s capital city is imposing water restrictions, and the United States government is asking states in the Colorado River Basin to find solutions to a shrinking Lake […]

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Bankruptcies, project shutdowns, regulation, and emission limits curb enthusiasm for fossil fuels.

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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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Opportunity to shift from coal to cleaner energy is real and needed.

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Though economic expansion is slowing  in China, the country is still growing over $US 700 billion annually, almost twice the growth increase in the United States. Demand for energy to build and operate mammoth residential housing projects like this one in Shenzhen remains strong, though more of the region's electricity is produced from natural gas, nuclear, and renewable power sources.

World’s largest coal consumer’s challenge to lower climate-changing emissions.

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Australia Coal Mines Prompt Concerns about Groundwater and Climate

Mining Queensland’s ample coal seams will require a lot of groundwater — and lead to more carbon pollution.

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The Global Rundown Global leaders meet in New York today at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit to adopt a new set of international goals. Water pollution is one of the top three concerns of people living in China, according to a survey. The number of coal mines in the United States is declining, while […]

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The Global Rundown The United Nations is freeing up more money to provide water and other essentials to Yemen. A Queensland court dismissed an appeal to stop the Alpha coal mine. Botswana and the World Bank are studying a Zambezi River water transfer pipeline. Sequoia trees in California are exhibiting signs of stress due to […]

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Cutting carbon emissions from power plants will lead to reductions in water use, water withdrawals, and mercury pollution in rivers and lakes.

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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 The United Nations unveiled a new set of Sustainable Development Goals to address world problems like hunger, poverty, and water management, and the United States released a new plan to cut climate change pollution. California registered a large “rain debt”, while monsoon rains in India caused deadly floods and landslides. Oil pollution […]

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The Global Rundown For at least one month this year, natural gas produced more electricity in the United States than coal. Fighting in eastern Ukraine has damaged water infrastructure, causing shortages. New technology could reduce the water used to extract Canada’s oil sands. Flooding along the Illinois River shut down shipping traffic, and U.S. business […]

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The film explores one of the world’s most dangerous coal fields.

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Jowai

The big case has huge ramifications for India’s water, land, and economy.

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Climate Change Nearly 1,000 high-altitude lakes have been formed in Peru over the past 40 years as the country’s glaciers have melted 40 percent, Reuters reported. The glaciers are the source of much of the drinking water in Peru but are disappearing due to climate change, the Peruvian government said. Declining Arctic sea ice is […]

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Water Supply As water supplies continue to decline in Tehran, Iran is spending $US 11 million to complete a new water treatment plant and mulling a plan to import water from Tajikistan, Bloomberg News reported. Officials are also considering stricter measures to get residents to reduce water consumption, which is much higher in the capital […]

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Iraq’s Mosul Dam, the largest in the country, is back under Iraqi and Kurdish control, but potential delays in maintenance during the fight over the dam have raised concerns about its structural integrity, Reuters reported. The dam has long needed almost constant maintenance due to flaws in its foundations, and a complete breach could flood […]

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Residents of Gaza should begin rationing their water, warned local officials after Israeli strikes severely damaged Gaza’s only power plant, Reuters reported. The plant, which supplies two-thirds of Gaza’s energy and powers many water pumps, could take a year to repair. Extreme Weather An ongoing drought in Brazil has drawn down water levels in Sao […]

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