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State of the State speeches highlight water resources

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The Global Rundown Emissions of methane, a greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change, could increase more than 50 percent from northern freshwater lakes by the end of the century, researchers found. A small glacier in Colorado could disappear in 20 years, and a rule to protect U.S. streams from coal mining may be defeated […]

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The Global Rundown The World Bank announced a $US 16 billion plan to invest in climate adaptation projects in Africa, and a new report warned that current carbon reduction pledges are too weak and will be costly for developing countries. South Africa’s economy nearly went into recession this year as major industries declined and drought […]

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Plan will endorse conservation, storage, and agricultural transfers as strategies to address projected water shortfall

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The Rundown The biggest symbol of the climate change fight in North America is denied a permit. The EPA publishes its first national report on wetland health. The Senate votes against Clean Water rule. Mexico and the United States sign a water deal. The EPA’s internal watchdog is expanding an investigation of the Gold King […]

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The Global Rundown A drought in Ethiopia is putting millions of people at risk of hunger, according to aid organizations, while extreme rainfall over the weekend triggered flash floods in Texas. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency could have prevented a spill of toxic wastewater from a Colorado mine, a new report found, and earthquakes in […]

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The Global Rundown China is quickly losing its coastal wetlands to development, with implications for water supplies and wildlife, a new report found, while environmental groups in England are concerned about the effect of a proposed nuclear power plant on the Blackwater estuary. A toxic algae bloom in the Ohio River should be a wake-up […]

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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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The Global Rundown Heavy rainstorms and floods, many of them deadly, struck communities in China, France, Guatemala, and South Carolina. A survey of global companies found that more are making climate change a priority. Operators of Australia’s Snowy Mountain Hydroelectric Scheme announced plans to cut back water releases due to an El Nino, while water […]

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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 Mexico’s Nuevo Leon state plans to cancel a water supply project to Monterrey that would cost more than $US 1 billion. The United States Environmental Protection Agency suspended cleanup work at 10 polluted mine sites. Large dams contribute to approximately one million malaria cases in Africa each year, a new study found. […]

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Seminal water law does not address nation’s emerging water pollution challenges.

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The Global Rundown Olympic sailors in Rio de Janeiro are being extra careful not to contract waterborne diseases. A water-cleaning book has been successfully tested in South Africa, Ghana and Bangladesh. River stretches in New Mexico have been reopened for use after a toxic chemical spill earlier in the month. “We are taking appropriate supplements […]

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The Global Rundown A plume of toxic mine waste spilled on the Animas River in Colorado last week has reached Lake Powell. A group of distillers are looking more closely at how water affects the taste of their spirits. The leading presidential candidate in Argentina has cut short a trip abroad after flooding in the […]

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The Global Rundown The drought in Puerto Rico is so severe that the territory is cutting school days in some areas and asking the U.S. Department of Defense for relief. President Obama signed the Drinking Water Protection Act, which seeks to safeguard human health from algal toxins in places like the Great Lakes. The U.S. […]

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The Rundown EPA triggers a mining waste accident. The Gulf of Mexico dead zone is larger than expected. Oil and gas waste, even treated, raises concerns for an endangered mussel in Pennsylvania. Water infrastructure funds need better management. The Senate joins the House in passing an algae bill. EPA finds fault with environmental review for […]

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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 One million gallons of mine waste water have been accidentally released into a river in Colorado. Researchers in Canada have developed a device that rides on the back of a fish and measures water quality. Flooding in Myanmar has the president urging residents to evacuate. “Upon suspending work last year, the EPA […]

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The Global Rundown Water played a large role in the Vatican’s encyclical about climate change, in which the Pope warned against the control of water by corporations and businesses, as well as the hazards of water contamination. The Vatican’s fears are being realized around the world, as Colombia faces a water shortage due to drought […]

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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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