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Drought

The Central Valley prepares for an unprecedented shortage.

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Competition for water prompts a quest for new sources.

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The Global Rundown Thailand will spend millions on alleviating drought this year, while a Palestinian developer may have wasted more than 1 billion building a city with no water supply. Qatar plans to enact penalties for wasting water and electricity, and the state of Ohio is working on legislation to limit when farmers can apply fertilizer. It […]

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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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The Global Rundown Brazil’s largest city is in dire condition as water supplies drop, so much so that some officials say residents may be warned to leave. Crude oil spilled from a derailed train into a river in West Virginia, and international inspectors urged Japan to release water from the Fukushima plant into the Pacific […]

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The Global Rundown Scientists are predicting a megadrought in the United States in the next 100 years, and the hospitality industry in Rio de Janeiro is preparing for water shortages during Carnival celebrations. Meanwhile, Pakistan may face a country-wide water shortage in the next decade. Nearly half of Ireland‘s water supply is lost to leaks. Finally, […]

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Colorado River 13 Lake Havasu

Droughts that are extreme by today’s standards will be normal by the end of the century, according to NASA research.

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The Global Rundown Pakistan will bring its dispute with India over hydropower development to the International Court of Justice. Melbourne, Australia, will use water and trees to protect itself against rising temperatures associated with climate change, and a new study quantifies increases in irrigation demand due to climate change in the western United States. Water […]

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The Global Rundown South Africa, West Africa, and Thailand are seeing reduced harvests due to drought – sugar cane, cocoa bean and rice crops are suffering. El Nino is more than fashionably late to the party this year, and scientists don’t know why. The World Bank has put out updated estimates of the return-on-investment for […]

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The Global Rundown The world has not acknowledged the depth of water crises it could face due to climate change, according to the head of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Floods are wreaking havoc in Turkey and Bulgaria, while low snowpack in the Sierra Nevada doesn’t bode well for relief from California’s drought. Hospitals […]

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The Global Rundown The U.S. Senate has approved Keystone XL, and the time has come for the President of the United States to either sign or veto. The time has also come and gone – again – to launch NASA‘s soil moisture monitoring satellite. A new study says that extreme storms are likely to get […]

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Snow survey

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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