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The Global Rundown India introduced a new crop insurance program and plans to expand insurance coverage to protect farmers following two consecutive years of drought. Wastewater infrastructure in the United States needs hundreds of billions of dollars in upgrades, the Environmental Protection Agency found. Carbon emissions rose dramatically in Southeast Asia over the past 20 […]

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The Global Rundown Water scarcity and warmer water temperatures due to climate change could decrease energy production at a majority of the world’s power plants, a new study found. Insurance companies last year spent the least on natural disaster claims worldwide since 2009, while costs for treating nitrate-polluted drinking water in Des Moines, Iowa rose […]

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The Global Rundown Malaysia is considering a temporary suspension of its bauxite mines as it investigates a water pollution case, putting a hold on a fast-growing industry. Flooding continued along the Mississippi River, while the British government pledged millions of dollars to improve flood defenses in northern England. Efforts to clean up India’s Ganges River […]

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The Rundown Water managers need more information. Streams in the Upper Colorado River Basin are fed in large part by groundwater. Congress passes a microbead ban. Growth in India’s farm sector was driven by increased groundwater irrigation. “At the level at which one makes management decisions, I would say that we are still data limited.” […]

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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 China is pursuing a lawsuit against a local environmental department over its failure to address pollution, the first time the country has sued a government department in a public interest case. India is considering a law to limit groundwater and surface water use, Australia approved the expansion of a controversial coal terminal […]

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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 rate of storage expansion has slowed since the mid-20th century

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Lake Powell and nearby surburbs is seen from an Eco-Flight plane giving students tours, looking at water and energy issues along the Upper Colorado River. The Glen Canyon Dam was built to store water inaddition to providing power for states down river making Lake Powell. When the lake is full 3 to 4 percent of the water is lost due to evorporation. Photo by Heather Rousseau, courtesy of Eco-Flight

21st century conditions require big changes in approach ensuring adequate water supplies.

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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 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 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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Opportunity to shift from coal to cleaner energy is real and needed.

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The Global Rundown Two consecutive dry seasons are taking a toll on groundwater in India’s agricultural regions, while communities in northern India are asking the government to stop a Coca-Cola plant’s groundwater use. During a visit to Nairobi, Pope Francis called on cities to include all people in their provision of essential services like water. […]

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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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The Global Rundown Farmers in India’s Maharashtra state debated how much water should be held or released by the state’s dams as they struggle with drought, while government officials in South Africa said they may set aside more emergency funds to aid drought-affected farmers in the country. China signed a multi-million-dollar deal to build water […]

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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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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 A study ordered by India’s National Green Tribunal will investigate the cause of groundwater pollution in areas of Punjab state. Saudi Arabia plans to more than double water prices for industrial and commercial users, inadequate investment in South Africa’s water infrastructure could lead to ‘water shedding’, and a series of grants and […]

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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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