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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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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 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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Warming water temperatures and destructive, non-native species threaten the world’s largest lake.

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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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Lana Pollack is the U.S. Chair of the International Joint Commission

Lana Pollack, U.S. Chair of the IJC, talks with Circle of Blue last month in Chicago about some of the most pressing issues in the Great Lakes region.

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New legislative proposal focuses on less expensive, short-term fixes.

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UAVs, satellites, and cameras used on the Mars rovers help managers protect water.

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Africa Senegal is seeking to diversify its water supply sources, and in particular looking to expand its desalination capacity by building a 100,000 cubic-meters-per-day plant by 2021, Reuters reported. Approximately 40 percent of the country’s capital city went without water for two weeks last September following a burst pipe. Algeria’s plans to boost production of […]

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United States Approximately 90 percent of urban streams and 61 percent of rural streams in the United States contain levels of pesticides above thresholds that are considered safe for aquatic wildlife, though they are generally safe for humans, according to a study by the U.S. Geological Survey, Reuters reported. The percentage of contaminated urban streams […]

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Israeli air strikes have damaged vital water and sewage infrastructure in Gaza, according to aid agencies, compounding problems stemming from fuel shortages that have led to 90 million liters of untreated wastewater being released in the Mediterranean each day, Reuters reported. The International Committee of the Red Cross warned Tuesday that Gaza’s population will likely […]

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Water Scarcity Political instability and conflict between countries could develop as a result of water scarcity and competing water demands in major river basins like the Nile and the Tigris-Euphrates, according to the president of the World Water Council, Bloomberg News reported. Development of the Grand Renaissance Dam in the Nile basin and crop irrigation […]

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Plans to stop the invasive fish are costly, and most take more than 10 years to complete.

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Analyzing two reports about future water stress in the United States, the Huffington Post created a list of the top 11 cities that could face water shortages due to factors like population growth, increasing water demand from industries, and climate change. Los Angeles, which imports much of its fresh water, tops the list. Water Pollution […]

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A new study shows grass carp reproduced at least once in the Sandusky River, but it cannot confirm an established population.

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Raising Barriers A new electronic barrier in a Chicago shipping canal and a berm across a wetland in Indiana are two projects in the Obama administration’s $US 51 million plan to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. Read more from Circle of Blue about the northward march – […]

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Political action and technological advances are cutting down on the transfer of invasive species via ballast water.

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With her recent move from Alabama to Hawaii, Circle of Blue reporter Codi Yeager-Kozacek finds that, in the middle of an ocean, freshwater challenges abound.

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While Brazil’s major crop growing areas are producing a record soybean harvest, the country’s northeast region is still suffering a severe drought, Aljazeera reported. This photo slideshow focuses on the heavy toll being paid by cattle ranchers. Pollution Clean-Up China is setting aside $US 16 billion over the next three years to reduce pollution in […]

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Asian carp eDNA researcher

Researchers see great promise in eDNA testing to detect invasive and rare species at low abundance — including invasive Asian carp — but refining the tool is a long process.

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