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Drinking Water

More than half of the country’s lakes and rivers are not meeting water quality standards.

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State and local aid is helping, but only for a few.

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Landscape

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

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The Global Rundown Flooding from Typhoon Soudelor contaminated drinking water for millions of people in Taiwan. Communities in Palestine struggled with water shortages, a heatwave and dry conditions forced Poland to cut power supplies, and officials banned fishing in a national park in the United States due to drought. Conservationists raised concerns about tigers living […]

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The Global Rundown Communities in Zambia have filed an international lawsuit against a mining company due to drinking water pollution, while a different company announced it will lay off workers at one of the country’s copper mines due to hydropower shortages. Monsoon floods could pollute a world heritage site in Vietnam, Pakistan may soon be […]

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The Global Rundown Monsoon rains are performing well in most of India. A major copper mine in Papua New Guinea is closing temporarily because of low river levels, while copper mines in Zambia are experiencing electricity shortages due to insufficient hydropower supplies. Oregon ordered state agencies to cut water consumption, scientists in Toledo, Ohio, monitored […]

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The Global Rundown Large cities across the United States face compounding flood threats under climate change, a study found, while U.S. companies pledged to fight climate change by reducing emissions and water use. Three more cities are rationing water in Puerto Rico, and half of the sockeye salmon spawning in the Columbia River are dying […]

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The Global Rundown A deepening drought in Puerto Rico prompted officials to expand water rationing measures. A new coal mine in Australia continues to raise concerns about groundwater, the European Union voted to ban textile imports that use a substance harmful to waterways, and Hong Kong found high lead levels in the blood of people […]

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The Global Rundown City water supplies returned to Aleppo, Syria, following a cut-off prompted by fighting. Concerns about water security caused stocks to drop in India, while floods in Kashmir killed five people. Residents of Toledo, Ohio, are hoarding water as algae season commences in Lake Erie. A new online atlas provides water data for […]

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The Global Rundown President Obama is expected to veto a U.S. House of Representatives bill that addresses the drought in the western United States . In Australia, a Chinese-run coal mine raises concerns about water quality, while a new study found contaminants in groundwater used for California’s drinking water. India is opening its doors to […]

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The Global Rundown Illegal gold mining in Zimbabwe is contaminating drinking water supplies, while children in Syria are at increasing risk from waterborne diseases. Fuel shortages in Yemen could turn deadly, aid agency Oxfam warned. Thailand’s government will loan billions to help farmers cope with drought. “There are no jobs and children are not going […]

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The Global Rundown Global seas could still rise well above current levels even if temperature increases are curbed, scientists found. Several people were arrested and water supplies were shut down in Kosovo’s capital city over the weekend, and Typhoon Chan-Hom brought heavy rainstorms to China. North Korea’s drought may be easing, while water rationing is […]

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The Central Valley farming county has the highest number of dry wells in California.

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To limit toxic algae blooms, the United States and Canada will need to reduce nutrient pollution by 40 percent.

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Tulare County continues to be the center of the drought’s drinking water crisis.

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The Global Rundown Thousands of Puerto Rico residents are contending with water rationing. Australia and Thailand are facing drought conditions, hampering agricultural production. Venice is nearing the end of a new flood defense project, and Sao Paulo is updating its infrastructure to ensure future water security. Drinking water supplies in Pennsylvania were not contaminated by […]

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Water is both a weapon and a casualty of violence in Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, and Yemen.

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The Global Rundown The United States Environmental Protection Agency has determined that fracking does not pose an overall threat to drinking water. Georgia will spend a lot of money testing out three new water supply projects. In India, the government is trying to help farmers through a deficient rainy season. “We did not find evidence that […]

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The Global Rundown Zambia and Zimbabwe are struggling with power cuts as water shortages hinder hydropower production. Himalayan glaciers could retreat dramatically by the end of the century, and environmental organizers say Chile’s water privatization is hurting rural communities. President Obama approved a new Clean Water Rule for the United States, researchers found that methadone […]

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The Global Rundown Researchers in Switzerland found links between warming global temperatures and the frequency of extreme rainfall events. The United States lowered the recommended level of fluoride in drinking water. Reduced hydropower could increase the risk of power brownouts in the western United States this summer, and unrealistic water transfer ideas abound in California. […]

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