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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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The Global Rundown Syrian refugees are shivering in tents across the Middle East this week, and some are having their water delivery routes blocked by snow. The European Investment Bank has given Welsh Water a loan to improve infrastructure in Wales. A scientific study linking fracking to earthquakes in Ohio has been published. Veolia plans to […]

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The Global Rundown Climate change is leaving your Christmas snow alone for now – it’s coming first for your early spring flurries. It’s also coming for food and water security in the Middle East, prompting Arab cities to take green building quite seriously. A water price agreement is proving contentious for Dallas, Texas, and a […]

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The Rundown The Colorado River Delta is greener thanks to cooperation between Mexico and the United States. The Interior secretary talks about water. Jail time could be coming for the individuals responsible for the West Virginia chemical spill. Sea-level rise will increase nuisance floods. “Our role is as a convener, making sure all parties are […]

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The Global Rundown Nicaragua will soon begin construction of its ocean-linking canal, Saudi Arabia is spending billions to build water infrastructure, and New York City continues to build a massive drinking water tunnel. Ireland has reduced its planned water rates. Uruguay is recycling cooking oil into biodiesel, and a Netherlands paper mill is recycling water. […]

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Water Supply A new program will allow residents of Angola’s capital, Luanda, to use their mobile phones to locate community water taps that sell water much cheaper than private vendors, Bloomberg News reported. The city is the fastest growing in sub-Saharan Africa, but many of its residents lack access to a piped water supply within […]

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Climate Areas of some coastal cities in the United States could become unusable in the next 30 years due to sea level rise and routine floods, Reuters reported, citing a new study from the Union of Concerned Scientists. Washington, D.C., for example, could have as many as 388 tidal floods each year by 2045. Researchers […]

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Dammed by the landslide, the Sun Koshi River breaks free.

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Sun Koshi River is blocked, 156 people are dead, and 10 percent of Nepal’s hydropower capacity is cut off.

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Residents of Gaza should begin rationing their water, warned local officials after Israeli strikes severely damaged Gaza’s only power plant, Reuters reported. The plant, which supplies two-thirds of Gaza’s energy and powers many water pumps, could take a year to repair. Extreme Weather An ongoing drought in Brazil has drawn down water levels in Sao […]

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