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Drought

The Global Rundown The eastern Pacific Ocean continues to warm, but predicting rainfall is an uncertain business. India’s subpar monsoon leads to water cuts in the country’s largest city, and drought in Zambia prompts power cuts to save water. Meanwhile, water managers in Australia reckon that an idled desalination plant might be back in service […]

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Circle of Blue Senior Editor Keith Schneider discusses how new energy-efficient, water-conserving, land-protecting operating principles are slowly becoming priorities around the world.

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Record heat in 2015 is melting glaciers at an eye-popping pace.

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

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The Rundown Wet spring boosts Lake Mead above shortage levels. Groundwater pumping causes parts of the Central Valley to sink. Scientists find low levels of insecticides in streams. An investigation of the EPA’s mining spill in Colorado begins while the EPA mulls new industrial water pollution standards. The White House issues a summary of its […]

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

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Natural resources agencies have the authority to change practices on their own, conservation groups argue.

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The Global Rundown Rainfall over the Andes in Bolivia and Peru could decrease dramatically in the next century. Water utilities in California are raising rates as the drought continues. Reporters at Wired have asked an age-old question about that glass of water next to the bed. “The persistence of this drought has begun to outstrip the tools […]

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The Global Rundown Forecast water levels in Lake Mead mean that states that depend on the reservoir should avoid water cuts next year. Cuba placed its civil defense on alert due to drought, a drought in Alberta prompted officials to restrict water withdrawals from the Athabasca River, and low water levels in Lake Kariba will […]

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Climate change models have long predicted a drying West. In California, the future has arrived.

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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 Global Rundown Aid agencies asked for greater access to deliver water and other supplies to war-torn Yemen, and Burkina Faso also asked for aid in the aftermath of severe flooding near its capital. Water rationing is not equal in Puerto Rico, activists said, while the territory’s water authority offered to sell bonds to improve […]

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Circle of Blue reporter Brett Walton says that drought is forcing the public to confront important questions about the value of water.

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The Global Rundown In Bangladesh, a canal is being dredged to remove pollution from a major source of fresh water, despite claims it will not solve the root causes of water pollution. A study from a university in Canada explores the tradeoffs between water demand and food security in urban agriculture. Chile is expecting rain […]

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The Global Rundown California has beaten its statewide water conservation target for another month. None of the 2016 Olympic venues in Rio de Janeiro are safe for swimming or boating. Former executives of Tokyo Electric Power Company will face charges stemming from the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster. “We will be in their face…. We are […]

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The Global Rundown In Costa Rica, several former presidents voiced support for legislation reforming the country’s water system. Nepal’s rice fields are suffering as drought stops farmers from planting, while drought-hit farmers in Canada can expect to receive financial relief from two major banks. Sinkholes are a growing problem along the Dead Sea coast in […]

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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 Climate change will likely be very costly for private investors, according to a new report. It is also an increasing threat to people in China’s coastal cities, a researcher said. Drought and disease are destroying olive crops in Spain and Italy, while recent rains could mean a record sugar crop in Thailand. […]

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The Global Rundown Shell has been given the yellow light for oil drilling beneath the Arctic Ocean. Sri Lanka will increase its rainfall storage capacity in the face of a changing climate. A brain-eating amoeba has again been detected in the water supply of a Louisiana community. “With rain patterns now coming in short and […]

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