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As urban water use declines, utilities change business models.

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The Global Rundown An environmental activist plans to swim New York City’s toxic Gowanus Canal to bring attention to water pollution on Earth Day. Exxon will pay millions to settle pollution violations in Arkansas, and Rio Tinto will pay millions to improve goodwill and water supplies in Mongolia. Thousands of people are still without water […]

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The Global Rundown California’s two largest city’s will need to cut water use by 16 percent, according to the new plan. Families are fleeing parts of Iraq due to fighting and shortages of food and water, while Honduras is the most dangerous country for environmental activists. Ho Chi Minh City is losing more than a […]

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State emergency funds help public water systems and private well owners.

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Era of ample water supply and cheap prices is ending.

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State and local water administrators face supply emergency that is tightening.

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The biggest water users will be required to conserve more than the thrifty.

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Deeper drought, warmer temperatures lead to more water use in Southern California, not less.

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The Global Rundown Sao Paulo’s last hope to avoid severe water restrictions is a goopy mess. A new development in the Arizona desert raises water supply questions. Canada’s glaciers are shrinking but scientists have better maps of their decline. And what to do about golf courses…in California and China. “History shows a loss of popularity […]

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The Global Rundown Groundwater levels fell to new lows in India’s tech hub while a state in western India opened its largest drinking water pipeline. Airborne instruments see a substantial drop in California’s snowpack, and Apple sees the value of recycled water. Nevada lawmakers might make it rain. “You’re kind of milking the snow.” — […]

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The Rundown The Bureau of Reclamation negotiates a land and water lease in Arizona while endorsing water transfer options in California. NASA sees little water in a Sierra Nevada watershed. Tennessee gains control of its underground wastewater disposal program. Streams in the Pacific Northwest are under the microscope. California congressman introduces a pair of drought […]

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California Governor Jerry Brown April 1 Snow Survey 2015

Abysmal snowpack ‘obliterates’ record; cities told to conserve 25 percent.

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The Global Rundown Taiwan takes measures to respond to low reservoir levels while drought in western India drives farmers out of villages to find seasonal work. Africa’s largest solar-powered water well is installed in a refugee camp. Rice fields in Vietnam are threatened by salt water. And scientists expect deeper droughts for Australia. “They sweat […]

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Another dry winter forces political pressure for action.

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The Global Rundown Rainfall and rising lake levels near Dallas, Texas have caused officials to consider easing of water restrictions, and China‘s new environmental law has hit a couple of state-run refineries with fines. Antarctic ice shelves are melting rapidly, and farmers in India will soon be able to access satellite crop data via their […]

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The Global Rundown Melting ice in Greenland has hindered normal circulation of the Atlantic that brings heat north from the tropics. California residents don’t think their neighbors are doing enough to conserve water, and many citizens of Ireland may refuse to pay their water bills. Flooding has killed four and interrupted copper mining in northern Chile, […]

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The Rundown Bureau of Reclamation juggles water between the largest reservoirs in the West. An Illinois aquifer gets protected status. A promising drought forecast for the southern Great Plains. Western Governors urge more federal spending on water. Senate Democrats introduce a $US 50 million water infrastructure bill. “The most important thing we have to do […]

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The Global Rundown The United Nations has unveiled a report that demonstrates how lack of water access disproportionately affects women. California Governor Jerry Brown and top lawmakers have unveiled $US 1 billion in emergency drought spending. Kenya has started a national fund to improve water access, with government agencies, NGOs and businesses all participating. Finally, […]

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Senior editor Keith Schneider wonders if maybe a spokesperson and Xbox games are needed.

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The Global Rundown Population growth may cause global water demand to surpass supply if per capita consumption does not decrease enough, according to a new study. Meanwhile, Taiwan is further restricting water supplies as its record drought shows no signs of ending. The State of California is being reminded of its obligation to the Salton Sea, and […]

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