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Workers rescued from dam under construction near quake epicenter.

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The Global Rundown A water official in Iran has warned that mismanagement in the country may prompt a mass exodus, and the government of Jordan has warned the international community that more financial assistance is necessary to provide water for Syrian refugees. Egypt, Sudan, and Chad have agreed to develop the world’s largest fossil water […]

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The Global Rundown California’s two largest city’s will need to cut water use by 16 percent, according to the new plan. Families are fleeing parts of Iraq due to fighting and shortages of food and water, while Honduras is the most dangerous country for environmental activists. Ho Chi Minh City is losing more than a […]

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Lower Subansiri River construction site was shut in 2011 and never restarted.

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The Global Rundown India’s rivers are getting dirtier while the prime minister proposes new measures to clean up the Ganges. Maryland’s largest city is telling homes and businesses to pay late water bills or face service cuts. West Virginia’s governor weakened a chemical safety law. A mining company cancels copper project in Peru over water […]

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The Global Rundown Residents of Namibia‘s capital are being told to save water amid drought fears, and the Chinese are buying a lot of bottled water because they fear their tap water. Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan have come to a preliminary agreement about operation of the Renaissance Dam on the Nile, and the Achuar tribe of […]

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The Global Rundown Desalination is increasingly common and important in the Caribbean, while in Israel it is is expected to account for half of the country’s water supply by next year. Snowpack in the western United States is well below normal, environmental groups worry dams in Mongolia could further deplete a shrinking Lake Baikal, and […]

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Rising electrical demand presents an opening for clean power, and new risks from fossil fuels.

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72 dams were torn down in 2014, a record.

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The Rundown A new federal bond program targets public-private infrastructure deals while the EPA gains an infrastructure finance center. The secretary of state promotes dam-building in Pakistan. An aqueduct in Kansas would cost $US 18 billion. The EPA released a final report defining waters covered by the Clean Water Act. The Supreme Court denied an […]

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The Global Rundown Bhopal’s water may be causing birth defects and health problems 30 years after a major chemical disaster, while Japan says it will process all contaminated water at Fukushima by March. Water utilities in Greece are losing money, water concerns are contributing to Brazil’s slow economy, and the London super sewer may be […]

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The Global Rundown Ethiopia is flexing its hydropower muscles, causing downstream disgruntlement for its neighbors to both the north and south. Another African country on a dam planning spree is Zimbabwe; more water storage is needed to cope with recent flood-and-drought rainfall cycles. Vietnam is looking at ways to save water when growing rice, one […]

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Health Africa Access to clean water is crucial for both treating Ebola patients in Africa and preventing the spread of the disease, according to the aid agency UNICEF, RT reported. One patient needs an estimated 150 liters of clean water a day, approximately 10 times the amount typically available per capita in Liberia. Water Supply […]

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Water Infrastructure Australia, Asia, Africa, Middle East Australia is planning to build more dams and invest in as many as 30 irrigation schemes to provide more water for agricultural production, Reuters reported, citing a new government paper. Per capita water availability from the country’s existing dams has declined more than 20 percent since 1980. As […]

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Water Scarcity Central Asian nations, as a region, have the highest per capita water use in the world but also the highest water use per dollar of gross domestic product, according to a report published in Nature, Eurasianet reported. The article concludes that water scarcity is not as much a problem as water waste in […]

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Ohio River project is departure for funds-starved U.S. water infrastructure installations.

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Stockholm hosts largest-ever international conference on global contest for water and energy.

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Mining Approximately 10 million gallons of wastewater spilled from northern Mexico’s Buenavista copper mine last week, contaminating portions of the Bacanuchi and Sonora rivers, the Associated Press reported. The rivers provide water to a number of cities and towns in the region, including Hermosillo, the capital of Sonora state. The failure of a tailings dam […]

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The Army Corps of Engineers will for the first time track and disclose oil pollution and oil spills from the machinery used in eight dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers, the Associated Press reports. The agreement, covering dams in Oregon and Washington, is part of a legal settlement with Columbia Riverkeeper, an environmental group, […]

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Water Scarcity Agricultural diversions, dams and climate change have led to the loss of 85 percent of the water in Lake Urmia, a lake that once covered 5,000 square kilometers, Bloomberg News reported. Iran’s president said the country is initiating efforts to restore the lake, which are expected to take 10 to 15 years to […]

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