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A new study offers a clear-eyed warning about the ramifications of an Asian carp invasion into the Great Lakes.

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Safe drinking water tops list of concerns.

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Twin oil pipelines running below the Straits of Mackinac are unnecessary—and unnecessarily risky—a new study says.

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The Global Rundown The U.S. White House called on the private sector this week to help innovate and invest in technology to improve water management. A budget proposed by the U.S. Congress would keep funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative at its current level, while efforts to keep invasive Asian carp out of the […]

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The Rundown World leaders produce an agreement for reducing carbon pollution. Mexico owes the United States some Rio Grande water. After California drought bill dries up, finger-pointing begins. House passes microbead ban. An Oregon fish is removed from the endangered species list. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes new oil and gas rules for wildlife […]

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Report urges new regulations, research, and technology to respond to spills of diluted bitumen.

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Governments in the nation’s most water-rich region are responding to public pressure over high-profile water pollution concerns, but have left fundamental policy changes largely untouched.

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Big Investment Updates Great Lakes Shipping

New technology and ships make maritime commerce more efficient, adaptable, and environmentally friendly.

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Simulations using 20th-century climate data compare Lake Ontario water levels under Plan 2014 and the current regulation plan.

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Plan 2014, a proposal to alter lake levels and restore wetlands, places ecosystems at the heart of decisions.

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The Global Rundown Natural disasters in the Asia-Pacific region accounted for nearly half of the world total in the past decade, highlighting the need to invest in measures to protect against future disasters and climate change, according to a United Nations report. Thailand urged farmers not to plant rice this season due to a drought […]

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National Wildlife Federation says federal agency has allowed pipelines to operate illegally for two decades.

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The Global Rundown Areas of South Carolina were without water in the aftermath of severe flooding that disrupted state infrastructure. A federal appeals court in the United States ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to revisit rules for ballast water, while the White House proposed two new marine sanctuaries. The U.S. Justice Department revised the total […]

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On Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River, COB reporter Codi Kozacek found that much is happening, but not many are looking.

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Circle of Blue Senior Editor Keith Schneider discusses how new energy-efficient, water-conserving, land-protecting operating principles are slowly becoming priorities around the world.

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The Global Rundown The drought in Puerto Rico is so severe that the territory is cutting school days in some areas and asking the U.S. Department of Defense for relief. President Obama signed the Drinking Water Protection Act, which seeks to safeguard human health from algal toxins in places like the Great Lakes. The U.S. […]

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Unlike previous eras, Congress has avoided adjusting the law to manage new conditions.

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Circle of Blue reporter Codi Kozacek summarizes the major steps taken to reduce toxic algae blooms in Lake Erie.

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Enbridge Inc., based in Calgary, is the largest shipper of Canadian crude oil, built and operates the twin, 20-inch-diameter steel pipelines, about 1,000 feet apart, that cross the Straits of Mackinac in northern Michigan. The company's holdings include this tank farm in Edmonton, Alberta. Photo/Keith Schneider

Pipeline owner criticized for lapses in inspection and disclosure.

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The Global Rundown A large sum of money has been set aside to keep invasive Asian Carp out of the Great Lakes ecosystem. A group of scientists have published guidelines for ecosystem service payments. The government of Tanzania is giving its citizens free land to move out of flood-prone areas. “This is not the first time the […]

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