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Floods

The Global Rundown A new study warns that groundwater across much of sub-Saharan Africa is vulnerable to pollution. Thailand is considering diverting transboundary rivers to alleviate future droughts, and China is planning to develop more water-intensive textile factories in the arid Xinjiang region. Michigan’s governor announced plans to request federal aid for a water crisis […]

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The Global Rundown El Nino, the global phenomenon causing extreme weather from Asia to Africa, has peaked and will likely diminish by the middle of the year. Floods in England last month inundated thousands of properties, and a new report urges the government to tighten restrictions on new buildings in flood-prone areas. Meanwhile, officials in […]

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The Global Rundown Droughts and floods linked to El Nino threaten millions of people globally with hunger, straining humanitarian aid systems. Millions of people in the United States were still under flood warnings Wednesday, while water shortages in Colombia forced the president to issue a red alert. Saudi Arabia, stung by low oil prices, released […]

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The Global Rundown Extensive flooding occurred in Missouri, killing more than a dozen people. High water levels on a number of major rivers in the Midwest United States could cause trouble for industrial areas in the South, while insurance companies are expecting to pay billions of dollars for flood damages in Britain. Egypt, Ethiopia, and […]

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The Global Rundown Winter floods in the United Kingdom are expected to cost billions of dollars, while high water levels on the Mississippi River are slowing barge traffic. Water levels on Lake Baikal could reach record lows this April. Warmer water temperatures due to climate change could increase toxic algae along Florida’s coasts. Corrosion control […]

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The Global Rundown Floods linked to the El Nino weather pattern struck South America over the weekend and are expected to hit northern England this week, while a project in Pakistan has constructed defenses against floods from glacial lakes. The United Nations estimated that nearly 90 million people will need humanitarian aid globally next year, […]

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The Global Rundown An invasive water weed is spreading in Uganda’s Lake Albert and Lake Kyoga, posing a threat to fisheries, government officials said. Britain issued more flood warnings Tuesday in many of the areas hit earlier this month by Storm Desmond, and the World Bank committed more funding to improve water management in the […]

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The Global Rundown A lawsuit brought by farmers in Nigeria against the Royal Dutch Shell oil company will continue in the Netherlands following an appeals court ruling. South Africa’s capital city is imposing water restrictions, and the United States government is asking states in the Colorado River Basin to find solutions to a shrinking Lake […]

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The Global Rundown Groundwater contaminated with unsafe levels of uranium poses a growing risk to communities in places like California’s Central Valley, while the United Nations warned that mining companies and government officials in Brazil are not doing enough to restore safe water after the Samarco mine disaster. Floods turned deadly in the Democratic Republic […]

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The Global Rundown Emissions of climate-warming gases globally are expected to decline this year, the first time they have done so without an economic downturn. Drought and saltwater intrusion could cause water shortages in Bangkok during the dry season, while flooding in England could cost insurance companies hundreds of millions of dollars. Ghana is raising […]

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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 Uruguay is increasing and diversifying its renewable energy sources, making the country’s power supplies less susceptible to drought. Floods in Tamil Nadu shut down an oil refinery and forced thousands of people to evacuate. El Nino is bringing a boon of tuna to Kiribati, and while it could relieve California’s drought to […]

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The Global Rundown Droughts in Ethiopia and Zimbabwe are putting pressure on hydropower production, while extreme droughts in southern Africa could put development gains at risk. Meanwhile, heavy rains have flooded Chennai, India. An airstrike in Aleppo, Syria, last week cut off water supplies to millions of people. The tailings dam disaster at an iron […]

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The Global Rundown The number of natural disasters occurring each year has increased, according to a new report from the United Nations. Floods could put thousands at risk in Ethiopia, while China is pursuing a project to guard its cities against flooding. Newly installed sensors aim to protect Paris’ water supply from a terrorist attack. […]

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The Global Rundown More than 30 countries, including the United States, agreed to dramatically scale back financing for overseas coal-fired power plants ahead of the Paris climate change negotiations. A United Nations board urged the organization to create a scientific body focused on water. Flood risks are growing in Chennai, India, while a drought in […]

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Locusts

Trifecta of drought, floods, and fighting could set the stage for a deeper food crisis in 2016.

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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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The Global Rundown California may keep rules restricting water use in place even after drought conditions subside. South Africa’s largest water provider is facing daily deficits between water demand and its water storage capabilities. Scientists in Brazil say the tailings dam failure at an iron ore mine could affect rivers and streams in the region […]

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The Global Rundown Current rates of melting in Antarctica could trigger a process that would eventually collapse the West Antarctic ice sheet, a new study found. Countries that are the most vulnerable to climate change are struggling to spend climate finance money on adaptation projects, and nearly 40 percent of Americans are not very worried […]

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The Global Rundown Erratic monsoon patterns brought on by climate change are the biggest threat to India’s economy, a government finance minister said. South Africa declared disaster areas in two of its nine provinces due to drought, and California fined four water utilities for failing to meet state water conservation requirements. Insurance companies in Australia […]

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