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Snowpack in the already-parched state is near record lows, just 25 percent of normal.

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The Global Rundown Sao Paulo could have its water supply cut to just two days per week as a severe drought continues, while state legislators in the United States are considering cutting water to the National Security Agency. Ireland’s government department charged with issuing water rebates does not have enough resources to do so. Approximately […]

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The Global Rundown Glaciers in the tropical Andes have declined as much as 50 percent in the last 30 years, and China’s coal production dropped for the first time this century. The developing world is producing so much plastic that it could eventually outweigh all of the fish in the ocean, conservationists warn, while scientists […]

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The Global Rundown A lack of safe water and sanitation is deadlier in Nigeria than terrorist group Boko Haram, a nonprofit group found, and a deadly mosquito-spread encephalitis is increasingly common in northern India due to changing rainfall and temperatures. The United Kingdom’s Environmental Audit Committee recommended a moratorium on fracking, while a spill of […]

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The Rundown California drought plan has three goals. India and the United States cooperate on clean energy. Industry and regulators agree to phase out copper brakes while the uranium industry faces new rules to protect groundwater. At the same time, pollution is rising in America’s aquifers. The political crisis in Yemen has environmental roots. A […]

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The Global Rundown Brazil’s severe drought is spreading throughout the country’s largest metropolitan regions, including Rio de Janeiro. Widespread floods in Africa have left thousands in need of food and water aid, while water scarcity in Gaza has led to a growing number of potentially unsafe desalination plants. Japan will miss its deadline to clean […]

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The Global Rundown After some promising rainstorms to close out 2014, California has returned to dry weather. One of the state’s fiercest water wars, however, may be coming to an end. China says Beijing’s tap water is safe following the arrival of supplies from the South-North transfer project, and the China Development Bank is planning […]

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DWR Bifurcation Point

State and local agencies plan to invest billions in new assets.

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The Global Rundown Sao Paulo is running out of water quickly, state water officials admitted, while homes in Northern Ireland are without water due to a dispute over pensions. Oil spilled into Montana’s Yellowstone River, and a judge in Washington state ruled for the first time that dairy farm manure was a solid waste polluting […]

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CAtemp2014

Precipitation was near average, but temperatures smashed the previous heat record.

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The Global Rundown Iowa’s largest city is suing over agricultural nitrate pollution in its drinking water sources, while the U.S. Supreme Court has denied an appeal of regulations that keep more water in the Sacramento Delta. Researchers found metal pollution from oil sands in Canada’s Athabasca River to be negligible. Drought-hit Queensland, Australia, is expected […]

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The Global Rundown Two lawsuits involving hydraulic fracturing were filed in the United States this week. In Pakistan, residents of drought-stricken Tharparkar District are getting relief from the Sindh provincial government, and the Indus River Delta is being swallowed up by rising sea levels. In Florida, engineers must find a way to send water from […]

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The Global Rundown Shell is paying $US 83 million to a Nigerian community devastated by oil spills in 2008 and 2009, and two Muslim charities are donating $US 100,000 to keep more Detroit citizens from having their water shut off. Togo‘s capital city will see a 50% increase in its water supply this year, and […]

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The Global Rundown Rice grown near Fukushima, Japan, has passed radiation tests despite the troubles contaminated water has posed at the damaged nuclear plant. Nicaragua broke ground on the Nicaragua Canal late last month. Warm, low water in California rivers is taking a toll on the state’s Chinook salmon, while more than half of South […]

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Water features prominently at world’s largest Earth sciences conference.

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Most aquifers in the state have dropped to record lows.

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The Global Rundown Scientists have calculated that it would take more than the amount of water California uses in a single year to make up for water lost during the drought. The World Bank just approved a loan to Kenya for improved water access, and British Columbia just approved a controversial hydropower project. Oil is […]

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Drought has placed Sao Paulo’s Cantareira water supply system under extreme stress.

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The Global Rundown A severe drought is threatening food security in Central America. Los Angeles’ water supply is at risk from earthquakes, the newest section of China’s South-North project is now delivering water, and Jordan’s water sector desperately needs investment. Brazil found super bacteria at the 2016 Olympic sailing site, while the United States passed […]

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The Global Rundown Negotiators reached a climate deal in Lima, requiring all countries to create plans to reduce their emissions. Meanwhile, major droughts continued to plague California and Sao Paulo, and China documented its shrinking glaciers. Morocco received more money for water infrastructure projects, while Australia cut funding for infrastructure in the Murray-Darling Basin. Access […]

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