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Circle of Blue combines data and geopolitical analysis to identify 10 places where water issues could undermine civic stability.

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Food crisis continues in midst of severe El Nino drought.

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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 Soil degradation caused by erosion and pollution has led to the loss of a third of the world’s arable land, a new study found. Drought and frosts in Papua New Guinea are spreading hunger and disease. A crowd-funded project in India is reviving drinking water sources and helping farmers. Wastewater plants could […]

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The Global Rundown This year will almost certainly be the hottest on record, the World Meteorological Organization announced, and global carbon emissions slowed last year, increasing 0.5 percent. Alaska and British Columbia signed an agreement to improve water quality monitoring in transboundary waters, focusing on mine development in the wake of the Mount Polley mine […]

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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 El Nino is now one of the three strongest on record after water temperatures in areas of the Pacific Ocean reached their highest level in six months. The weather phenomenon is exacerbating dry, hot conditions in Johannesburg, South Africa, which recorded its hottest day ever this week. Government and business leaders met […]

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El Nino Droughts Take Toll in Africa Asia and the Pacific

Millions of people from Australia to Ethiopia are facing water shortages, failed harvests, and food insecurity.

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The Global Rundown Heatwaves in Middle East cities, including Abu Dhabi and Dubai, are on track to become unbearably hot for humans by the end of the century if climate change continues, scientists found. Communities in the Philippines are struggling to recover from Typhoon Koppu’s floods, while floods in Texas linked to Hurricane Patricia could […]

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The Rundown President Xi Jinping visits Washington. A smaller backlog for drinking water infrastructure spending, but dollars still sit in the bank. A new treatment facility for the Gold King mine, and legislation to compensate for damages. New reports look at global food security and the Columbia Plateau Aquifer. Without congressional action, the Land and […]

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The Global Rundown Aid agencies asked for greater access to deliver water and other supplies to war-torn Yemen, and Burkina Faso also asked for aid in the aftermath of severe flooding near its capital. Water rationing is not equal in Puerto Rico, activists said, while the territory’s water authority offered to sell bonds to improve […]

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The Global Rundown In Bangladesh, a canal is being dredged to remove pollution from a major source of fresh water, despite claims it will not solve the root causes of water pollution. A study from a university in Canada explores the tradeoffs between water demand and food security in urban agriculture. Chile is expecting rain […]

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The Global Rundown Global seas could still rise well above current levels even if temperature increases are curbed, scientists found. Several people were arrested and water supplies were shut down in Kosovo’s capital city over the weekend, and Typhoon Chan-Hom brought heavy rainstorms to China. North Korea’s drought may be easing, while water rationing is […]

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The Global Rundown Colombia is struggling to contain an oil spill and safeguard water supplies after rebel forces attacked an oil pipeline last week. Researchers tracked the virtual destinations of groundwater used to grow food in the United States. Perth, Australia, will begin pumping larger quantities of groundwater to supplement its water supply. In India, […]

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MirandaCawley

From New York to Chicago to South America, Circle of Blue intern Miranda Cawley describes what drew her to the water-food-energy nexus.

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The Global Rundown Violations during the construction of Brazil’s massive Belo Monte dam threaten families living nearby, federal prosecutors said. North Korea is suffering its worst drought in 100 years, while cities in northern India contend with water shortages and a rise in waterborne diseases. Refugees in Sudan also face risks from disease as the […]

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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 Vanuatu‘s access to safe water has not been fully restored one month after Cyclone Pam, and a small Philippine island’s shallow aquifer is still contaminated 17 months after Typhoon Haiyan. Single-serve brewers are reducing overall coffee demand, and fighting in Yemen is further threatening Yemenis’ food security. Celebrities and CEOs in California […]

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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 Six people will be charged in connection with a chemical spill that contaminated drinking water in West Virginia, an announcement that comes as the United States Safe Drinking Water Act turns 40 years old. New York state is banning fracking due to health concerns. United Nations experts will help clean up an […]

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