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The Global Rundown Monsoon rains are performing well in most of India. A major copper mine in Papua New Guinea is closing temporarily because of low river levels, while copper mines in Zambia are experiencing electricity shortages due to insufficient hydropower supplies. Oregon ordered state agencies to cut water consumption, scientists in Toledo, Ohio, monitored […]

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Amid a changing social and environmental landscape, Sub-Saharan Africa turns to its rivers.

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The Rundown Two western senators offer a bill to secure forested watersheds. The House approves a California drought bill and gets a prompt veto threat from the White House. The world’s glaciers continued to melt last year, while the U.S. government is banking on Nepal’s hydropower sector. Los Angeles takes another step toward reviving its […]

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The Global Rundown China said it will not permit coal-to-gas conversion plants in areas with insufficient water supplies. A cholera outbreak continues to claim lives in South Sudan, and malnutrition threatens children in Nepal. Zambia plans to cut power supplies to mines next week. A federal appeals court sided with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency […]

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The Global Rundown Yemen is suffering an acute water crisis as fighting continues in the country, while violence in South Sudan is also taking a toll on drinking water supplies. Pakistan will spend millions to boost Karachi’s water supply, Zambia is asking mining companies to reduce their electricity usage amid a hydropower shortage, and 16 […]

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The Global Rundown Tanzania plans to protect its electricity generation by barring other water users from diverting supplies at two hydropower sites. Iraq’s southern marshes are drying out again as Islamic State militants alter the flow of the Euphrates River. The Panama Canal’s newly expanded locks were filled earlier this month, flash floods and landslides […]

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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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Circle of Blue intern Crystal Edmunds recounts her first-hand experience of the Gorkha earthquake and raises questions about what it means for water.

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The Global Rundown Ancient water systems in Oman are drying up, China’s infrastructure system wastes much of the hydropower it generates, and southern Asia is preparing for possible food price inflation due to an El Nino. Leaky pipes can introduce contaminants to water systems, researchers in the United Kingdom found. An initiative in the Great […]

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The Global Rundown Forecasts for India’s monsoon dropped rainfall below 90 percent of average. Hydropower reserves are down in Brazil, but dam projects are booming in British Columbia. More than 400 people were aboard a passenger ship that capsized in the Yangtze River. The United States proposed stricter conservation measures for the threatened bull trout, […]

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Triggered by the April 25 earthquake, Kali Gandaki landslide reveals long-term challenges in the world’s highest mountain range.

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The Global Rundown Zambia and Zimbabwe are struggling with power cuts as water shortages hinder hydropower production. Himalayan glaciers could retreat dramatically by the end of the century, and environmental organizers say Chile’s water privatization is hurting rural communities. President Obama approved a new Clean Water Rule for the United States, researchers found that methadone […]

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The Global Rundown Monsoon rains mean an increased likelihood of landslides in Nepal as communities recover from the earthquake. Queensland, Australia, is suffering its most widespread drought in history, while residents in Colombia are using plastic bottles to build cisterns. Enbridge agreed to pay Michigan millions in an oil spill settlement, and the U.S. House […]

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Nation’s power grid loses more than 30 percent of generating capacity.

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The Rundown State Department makes climate change a top diplomatic priority. The Energy Department crunches the numbers on U.S. hydropower while a coal power plant sees new life. A new plan for California’s Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is announced. President Obama threatens to veto a water spending bill. “In recent years, extremist environmental groups have increased […]

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Near the earthquake epicenter, workers were rescued from a dam that is currently under construction by a Chinese company.

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The Global Rundown Researchers in Switzerland found links between warming global temperatures and the frequency of extreme rainfall events. The United States lowered the recommended level of fluoride in drinking water. Reduced hydropower could increase the risk of power brownouts in the western United States this summer, and unrealistic water transfer ideas abound in California. […]

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The Global Rundown Germany is beginning to tackle nitrogen pollution in its lakes and rivers. Nepal approved a major hydropower dam, a start-up in Portland,Oregon, uses drinking water pipes to create hydropower, and Flint, Michigan invests in a massive new water filter. A mine manager in Guatemala was jailed for a trial over water pollution. […]

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Lower Subansiri River construction site was shut in 2011 and never restarted.

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