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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 Malaysia is considering a temporary suspension of its bauxite mines as it investigates a water pollution case, putting a hold on a fast-growing industry. Flooding continued along the Mississippi River, while the British government pledged millions of dollars to improve flood defenses in northern England. Efforts to clean up India’s Ganges River […]

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The Global Rundown The leader of Cambodia defended his country’s hydropower development plans against criticism that dams will harm fisheries, forests, and the communities that depend on them. Droughts in Papua New Guinea and Ethiopia are creating severe food insecurity, and storms have displaced millions of people in the Philippines. Puerto Rico agreed to upgrade […]

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The Global Rundown Social media campaigns used by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to garner support for its Clean Water Rule were illegal, according to a government report. Typhoon Melor caused flooding, evacuations, and power outages in the Philippines. Scarce groundwater resources sparked conflicts between communities and agriculture companies in Peru. Toxic algae blooms along […]

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The Global Rundown Storms brought extreme rainfall and floods to northwest England over the weekend. Water supplies are dwindling in southern Australia’s reservoirs due to a drought, forcing farmers to have water delivered. South Africa plans to increase water rates next year in an effort to upgrade its water infrastructure. Ten countries in Africa have […]

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The Global Rundown Urbanization and flooding are two factors driving an increase in dengue fever cases in Asia, while low water levels and contaminated wells have been blamed for an outbreak of cholera in Iraq. Perth, Australia, is sinking due to groundwater withdrawals, and Cameroon’s largest city is increasing its efforts to harvest rainwater. The […]

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The Global Rundown Below-normal monsoon rains this summer left India in a drought for the second year in a row. Zambia’s former vice president blamed poor water management for the country’s hydropower troubles. A new report from an international medical organization detailed the high costs of chemicals in the environment. Forecasters warned that heavy rains […]

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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 Rundown Higher seas, higher tides: more floods, says NOAA analysis. EPA criticizes a Colorado reservoir proposal. GAO finds more water recycling in oil fields. A Great Lakes senator says ‘Clean up the Great Lakes!’ Congressional hearings on Gold King mine spill and western drought are on the calendar. EPA Inspector General begins investigation of […]

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The Global Rundown A plume of toxic mine waste spilled on the Animas River in Colorado last week has reached Lake Powell. A group of distillers are looking more closely at how water affects the taste of their spirits. The leading presidential candidate in Argentina has cut short a trip abroad after flooding in the […]

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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 One million gallons of mine waste water have been accidentally released into a river in Colorado. Researchers in Canada have developed a device that rides on the back of a fish and measures water quality. Flooding in Myanmar has the president urging residents to evacuate. “Upon suspending work last year, the EPA […]

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The Global Rundown Large cities across the United States face compounding flood threats under climate change, a study found, while U.S. companies pledged to fight climate change by reducing emissions and water use. Three more cities are rationing water in Puerto Rico, and half of the sockeye salmon spawning in the Columbia River are dying […]

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The Global Rundown Shell has been given the yellow light for oil drilling beneath the Arctic Ocean. Sri Lanka will increase its rainfall storage capacity in the face of a changing climate. A brain-eating amoeba has again been detected in the water supply of a Louisiana community. “With rain patterns now coming in short and […]

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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 Water risk is shaping investment decisions in India and around the world. Reports by NASA show that almost two-thirds of the world’s largest groundwater aquifers are in decline. Floods are interrupting shipping on the Illinois River. “Water risk is only recently appreciated as a systemic and material investment risk. We do expect that […]

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The Global Rundown An attack on an oil pipeline has spilled several thousand barrels of crude into a Colombia river. Groundwater is declining fast in Pakistan‘s breadbasket region. The capital of Ghana is ill-equipped to handle heavy rain. “It’s a social and environmental tragedy.” — Juan Carlos Echeverry, CEO of Colombia’s state-run oil company Ecopetrol, […]

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The Global Rundown A new study says that India, Bangladesh, and China are most at risk due to increased flooding from climate change, while the government of Thailand is testing floating houses to prepare for climate-related flooding. Also in Thailand, the government is offering rice farmers substitute jobs due to extended drought. Hong Kong‘s water rates may double. […]

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The Rundown Using federal money to build in floodplains gets tougher. Vermont senator wants $US 1 trillion for infrastructure. Senate amendment to regulate fracking fails. Federal biologists criticize a California dam proposal. Water quality is a concern on the U.S-Canada border. The Senate holds hearings on the Clean Water Act and ballast water regulations. By […]

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The Global Rundown Barack Obama failed to secure a firm commitment on carbon emissions during his recent trip to India, but Florida Governor Rick Scott is making a firm financial commitment to the Everglades. Groundwater in Lahore, Pakistan is declining rapidly, and taps in Blantyre, Malawi are still running dry following flood damage three weeks […]

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