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2016-01 South Africa 1 KSchneider_Coal-fired power plants east of Joburg

Cities run dry and harvests retreat in an already reeling nation.

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After a year of deep droughts, worsening pollution, rising sea levels, and floods, water was finally recognized as perilous to nations and the international economy.

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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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Safe drinking water tops list of concerns.

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Twin oil pipelines running below the Straits of Mackinac are unnecessary—and unnecessarily risky—a new study says.

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Bankruptcies, project shutdowns, regulation, and emission limits curb enthusiasm for fossil fuels.

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Report urges new regulations, research, and technology to respond to spills of diluted bitumen.

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Opportunity to shift from coal to cleaner energy is real and needed.

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The Global Rundown Farmers in India’s Maharashtra state debated how much water should be held or released by the state’s dams as they struggle with drought, while government officials in South Africa said they may set aside more emergency funds to aid drought-affected farmers in the country. China signed a multi-million-dollar deal to build water […]

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Though economic expansion is slowing  in China, the country is still growing over $US 700 billion annually, almost twice the growth increase in the United States. Demand for energy to build and operate mammoth residential housing projects like this one in Shenzhen remains strong, though more of the region's electricity is produced from natural gas, nuclear, and renewable power sources.

World’s largest coal consumer’s challenge to lower climate-changing emissions.

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The Global Rundown The production of oil used by the United States relies heavily on freshwater supplies in other countries, a new study found. El Nino will continue to strengthen through the end of the year, according to the World Meteorological Organization. Floods in India and Sri Lanka turned deadly, and the drought in South […]

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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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The Global Rundown Current water systems in Bangalore will not be sufficient to supply the city by 2021, according to a new report. A drought in Papua New Guinea shut down another mine, while a drought in Mexico drastically reduced water levels in a reservoir and revealed a 16th-century church. A typhoon in the Philippines […]

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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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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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The Global Rundown New Zealand plans to close its coal-fired power plants and transition almost entirely to renewable energy sources. Acid mine drainage is a persistent pollution problem in the western United States, and protesters in Brazil continue to pressure Rio de Janeiro to clean up its Olympic waters. Turkey completed the undersea portion of […]

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The Global Rundown The United Nations unveiled a new set of Sustainable Development Goals to address world problems like hunger, poverty, and water management, and the United States released a new plan to cut climate change pollution. California registered a large “rain debt”, while monsoon rains in India caused deadly floods and landslides. Oil pollution […]

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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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