Disaster/Accident

The megastorm’s effects reach far, far inland.

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Forecasters are predicting a “devastating landfall” for Hurricane Sandy within 100 miles of New York City. Flooding has already begun in New York, Virginia and elsewhere, The New York Times reported, as “One of the biggest storms of our lifetimes is unfolding right now,” anchor Kelly Cass said on the Weather Channel. Elsewhere, the world […]

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This week, Circle of Blue will publish a water guide to the 2012 election. It will explain the presidential candidates’ positions on water, as well as point out various state and local initiatives related to desalination, financing and water supply. Look for it in the next few days. (Update 10/31/12: 2012 Election Guide.) Storm Warning […]

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Environmental and public health groups are suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to force the EPA to issue a rule on the chemical dispersants used in oil spill recovery, WaterWorld reports. Millions of gallons of chemical dispersants were used in the Gulf of Mexico after BP’s Deepwater Horizon spill in 2010, and the groups claim […]

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At least 17 people are dead in the latest disaster in the landslide-prone region.

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Understanding the interplay between water, food, and energy is crucial for business, policy, data, science, environment, and human welfare. In 2011, the Circle of Blue team brought you exclusive, top-of-the-line reporting from the coal mines of northern China to the deepest intrigue of the Wikileaks documents, from the Texas drought to East Africa’s famine, from […]

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Thrust from the Crust The nation’s nuclear power regulator said last week’s earthquake on the East Coast may have been stronger than a nuclear power station near the epicenter was designed to withstand, The Hill reports. The magnitude-5.8 earthquake caused the North Anna plant in Louisa County, Va. to lose power from the offsite electrical […]

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Representative Jim Costa and the California Drought

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It has been a wet year. Very wet. But remember the drought? California has just come out of a bad three-year drought. 2007, 2008, and 2009 were dry or “critically dry” according to official drought categories for most of the state. Past droughts have been both more severe (1977-1978) and longer in duration (1987-1992) than […]

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Japan Disaster Water Supply

Myriad obstacles, from roads to snow to a nuclear crisis, hamstring rescue and recovery missions.

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The United States has — for the most part — an excellent tap water system. Much of the rest of the world wishes they had a system as good. But our tap water system is not as good as it should (or could) be

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The massive rains over the past month are both a blessing and a curse for California.

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The emerging collision between the diminishing water supplies and the rising energy demand across the sectors of the U.S. economy.

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High levels of mercury and arsenic have been released from a containment pond at a Hungarian alumina plant, according to Greenpeace.

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Ongoing drought in Syria is causing acute water shortages, food insecurity and economic uncertainty.

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North Dakota has become the number four oil producing state—but at what cost to its water supply?

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Prolonged drought has impaired economic activity in the Amazon dependent northeastern part of Peru.

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Water purification stations shut down to prevent polluted water from entering filters.

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This is a key time for California water: we are coming off of three years of serious drought and growing political conflict over water allocations.

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French officials have begun pumping millions of gallons of water as part of a multi-million dollar emergency operation.

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