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The Global Rundown Water scarcity and warmer water temperatures due to climate change could decrease energy production at a majority of the world’s power plants, a new study found. Insurance companies last year spent the least on natural disaster claims worldwide since 2009, while costs for treating nitrate-polluted drinking water in Des Moines, Iowa rose […]

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The Global Rundown Melting snowpack in regions around the world, including California’s Central Valley and the Rio Grande basin, is expected to significantly increase the risk of declining water supplies by 2060, according to a new study. A drought in Ethiopia requires hundreds of millions of dollars in humanitarian aid, but the country’s government does […]

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The Global Rundown Heatwaves in Middle East cities, including Abu Dhabi and Dubai, are on track to become unbearably hot for humans by the end of the century if climate change continues, scientists found. Communities in the Philippines are struggling to recover from Typhoon Koppu’s floods, while floods in Texas linked to Hurricane Patricia could […]

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With city and state carbon reduction limits in place, Oakland set out to meet them. The city audited its buildings, analyzed its fleet of vehicles, and reviewed its solid waste infrastructure with the clear goal of being more efficient.

Quality of life and economy thrives with greater care for water, energy, air, and waste.

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Over the last quarter century, and with quickening resolve during the last decade, Oakland underwent a city makeover.  Ardently supported by residents and business executives, the city steadily injected much more ecologically sensitive operating practices into its operating systems – from waste management to transit, energy efficient building codes to carbon-limiting port and electrical utility operations. Downtown open spaces now are alive with business and civic energy.

Quality of life and economy thrives with greater care for water, energy, air, and waste.

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The Global Rundown A strong El Nino event in the coming months could leave millions of people in the Pacific region short of food and water, according to the United Nations and aid organizations. A drought in Tanzania is forcing the country to close all of its hydropower plants, and wildfires continue to burn across […]

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The Global Rundown Zimbabwe has asked mines operating in the country to cut their electricity use by a quarter as hydropower shortages continue. Alaska granted water rights to a group of citizens seeking to protect salmon from a proposed coal mine, while a jury awarded more than $1 million to a woman in Ohio who […]

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The Global Rundown The billionaire who is backing the Nicaragua Canal lost billions of dollars over the summer, prompting some experts to doubt the project’s viability. Zimbabwe announced plans to curb electricity shortages by turning to solar power. Researchers called on countries in water-scarce regions to improve cooperation around water management. Investigators did not find […]

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The Global Rundown A large sum of federal money aimed at improving drinking water systems in the United States has not been spent. The United Nations adopted a new set of global goals to improve human and environmental well-being. The United Kingdom said it will pledge billions to help developing countries address climate change. Floods […]

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The Global Rundown South Africa cautioned that it may cut off water to Gaborone, the capital of Botswana, as drought draws down water levels at a dam supplying the city. Officials in Zambia said the hydropower-dependent country will face electricity deficits up to half of maximum demand this month. Water districts near Los Angeles presented […]

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The Global Rundown Designing cities to effectively deal with climate change could save the world a lot of money in the future, according to an international group of economists. Zambia’s economy is struggling amid a drought and low copper prices, and low water levels in Poland threaten its energy security. A study in Australia found […]

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Kariba Dam. Zambia. Zimbabwe. Taken March 9, 2015. https://www.flickr.com/photos/hagviken/16784391202/

Amid a changing social and environmental landscape, Sub-Saharan Africa turns to its rivers.

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Plant is at the center of a big move to also solve city’s solid waste problem.

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The Global Rundown For at least one month this year, natural gas produced more electricity in the United States than coal. Fighting in eastern Ukraine has damaged water infrastructure, causing shortages. New technology could reduce the water used to extract Canada’s oil sands. Flooding along the Illinois River shut down shipping traffic, and U.S. business […]

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The Global Rundown Yemen is suffering an acute water crisis as fighting continues in the country, while violence in South Sudan is also taking a toll on drinking water supplies. Pakistan will spend millions to boost Karachi’s water supply, Zambia is asking mining companies to reduce their electricity usage amid a hydropower shortage, and 16 […]

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The Global Rundown Tanzania plans to protect its electricity generation by barring other water users from diverting supplies at two hydropower sites. Iraq’s southern marshes are drying out again as Islamic State militants alter the flow of the Euphrates River. The Panama Canal’s newly expanded locks were filled earlier this month, flash floods and landslides […]

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The Global Rundown A severe drought grips the Caribbean, and the death toll from a heat wave in Pakistan continues to rise. Australia could get most of its electricity from renewable sources by 2040, while a federal judge in the western United States stalled the implementation of new fracking regulations. Liquid water flowed on Mars […]

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The Global Rundown Droughts, floods, sanitation problems and other water risks are costing the world billions each year. Farm pollution is worsening in China, the Solomon Islands refused to let a gold mine release untreated water from its tailings dam, and Pakistan found eight bottled water brands to be unsafe for consumption. Saudi Arabia should […]

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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 Malé, the capital of the Maldives, faces severe water shortages due to a desalination plant fire, while South Africa suffers power outages due to water and fuel shortages. California’s drought is the worst in more than a millennium, Lake Mead water levels are at record lows, and cities in the U.S. West […]

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