Flood

In the fifth round of India-China Strategic Dialogue, India pressed for an inter-governmental body to deal with water issues between the two nations, only to be met with a “less than enthusiastic” response from China, The Economic Times reported. Concerned over its neighbor’s ongoing dam production, India hopes for greater cooperation in the use of trans-border […]

Help share our stories: submit to reddit
 
 
 

The Carbon Disclosure Project of London, UK has released the Water Disclosure Report 2012 which summarizes the voluntary water use reports of 318 companies from around the world. 53 percent of participating businesses reported experiencing “detrimental water-related business impacts.” Notably, the findings revealed that “the Energy sector has recorded the lowest response rate of any […]

Help share our stories: submit to reddit
 
 
 

With historic drought following historic floods, the lower Mississippi River basin has seen, in consecutive years, both ends of the hydrological spectrum.

Help share our stories: submit to reddit
 
 
Read more ...
 

U.S. Drought Continues The drought has literally hit home in the rural Midwestern United States, where some citizens are turning on their faucets to find their wells have dried up, The Associated Press reported. The Missouri government will subsidize the drilling of new wells for more than 3,700 farmers and ranchers hit by extreme drought, […]

Help share our stories: submit to reddit
 
 
 
beijing

Having recently returned from China, reporter Nadya Ivanova just missed flooding in the nation’s capital that killed 37 people and closed airports.

Help share our stories: submit to reddit
 
 
Read more ...
 

Asia Pakistan’s plans to divert 86 percent of the Neelum River’s water to produce hydropower could leave the Kashmir city of Muzaffarabad without enough river flow for drinking water and sewage disposal, AlertNet reported. Water quality is extremely poor in five of China’s major bays, including the Yangtze and Pearl River estuaries, according to an […]

Help share our stories: submit to reddit
 
 
 

Chile A glacial lake in Chile’s Patagonia region drained for the eleventh time since 2008, releasing a flood of 200 million cubic liters of water through a hole in the temperature-weakened glacier wall, AFP reported. The Inter Press Service reports on why Chile relies so heavily on hydropower, despite its potential for developing non-conventional renewable […]

Help share our stories: submit to reddit
 
 
 

The International Energy Agency will make shale gas recommendations in its upcoming global energy report this fall, Financial Post reported. U.S. Shale Boom U.S. President Barack Obama pushed support for shale gas drilling and clean energy technology in his State of the Union address. Bloomberg gives the highlights. Meanwhile, North Dakota’s shale oil boom has […]

Help share our stories: submit to reddit
 
 
 

Thawing permafrost is releasing large plumes of methane gas into the atmosphere from the Arctic seabed, Russian researchers found, according to the Independent. If the trend continues, scientists fear the greenhouse gas could significantly impact climate change. Severe weather events such as monsoons and hurricanes may add stress to fault lines, triggering earthquakes, Discovery News […]

Help share our stories: submit to reddit
 
 
 

Bangkok could be under water by 2030, the Guardian reported. The ground beneath Thailand’s capital is quickly subsiding due to rising sea levels, coastal erosion and urbanization. The minimum summertime volume of Arctic Sea ice reached a record low in 2010, Reuters reported, citing researchers at the University of Washington in Seattle who will soon […]

Help share our stories: submit to reddit
 
 
 
Wild rice on the Bad River Reservation in northern Wisconsin is in the floating leaf stage by early June, with a single shoot lying on the water’s surface. This is considered one of the most critical—and and dangerous—stages in the rice’s life cycle. The plants are just beginning to change physiologically from exchanging gases with the water column to exchanging gases with the air. Therefore, they are very susceptible to heavy rains and flooding events that can either rip out the young plants by the roots, or drown them. June 6, 2011.

For generations, the upper Great Lakes region has boasted harvests of wild rice, growing in Lake Superior and other watersheds within the basin. But disease, dams, and climate change are now endangering the uncultivated bounty.

Help share our stories: submit to reddit
 
 
Read more ...
 
Shanghai Drought

Although now satiated, the dry spell is the latest in a growing trend of severe water shortages threatening China’s food production, energy generation, and accelerating modernization.

Help share our stories: submit to reddit
 
 
Read more ...
 
France Drought Europe

Two of the world’s most important crops, corn and wheat, are on track to meet global demand, despite water woes.

Help share our stories: submit to reddit
 
 
Read more ...
 

India and Pakistan are in the midst of talks to reduce troops situated above the Siachen Glacier in the northern part of the disputed Kashmir region, Reuters reports. The glacier is also a source of melt water for Pakistan’s rivers. Turkey is building scores of dams, hydropower schemes and nuclear power plants, the Guardian reports. […]

Help share our stories: submit to reddit
 
 
 
Mississippi Flooding

Emergency spillways will be used to shepherd the river to the sea.

Help share our stories: submit to reddit
 
 
Read more ...
 

Concerns over land grabs and food security are prompting Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay to consider changing their land laws to put breaks on foreign ownership of their arable land, The Christian Science Monitor reports. How will this affect big land-buyers such as China and Saudi Arabia? The water levels at China’s Three Gorges Dam, the […]

Help share our stories: submit to reddit
 
 
 

Fool Me Once, Shame on You. Fool Me Twice… Before the Deepwater Horizon blowout, BP was involved in another oil spill in Alaska. In 2006, a leak in a corroded transit line from Prudhoe Bay on the state’s North Slope spilled more than 200,000 gallons of crude oil. According to a Justice Department consent decree […]

Help share our stories: submit to reddit
 
 
 
La Nina Winter Soaks

Western states confront potential for floods and wildfires.

Help share our stories: submit to reddit
 
 
Read more ...
 

Healthy Forests, Healthy Waters The National Forest Service was created, in part, to safeguard the wooded areas supplying most of the nation’s drinking water. An ongoing rules review will put greater emphasis on watershed protection and restoration. On February 10, the NFS proposed a new forest planning rule, the agency’s first comprehensive rules revision since […]

Help share our stories: submit to reddit
 
 
 

Hundreds have died in Colombian floods, as cooler sea temperatures affect regions around the Pacific; climate change seen as a possible cause.

Help share our stories: submit to reddit
 
 
Read more ...