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The Global Rundown Melting snowpack in regions around the world, including California’s Central Valley and the Rio Grande basin, is expected to significantly increase the risk of declining water supplies by 2060, according to a new study. A drought in Ethiopia requires hundreds of millions of dollars in humanitarian aid, but the country’s government does […]

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The Global Rundown More than 10 million children in Africa could face hunger, disease, and water shortages from El Nino, the United Nations said. China proposed a new, higher cap on annual water consumption, Chile reported that its copper mines will be getting as much as half of their water from desalination in 10 years, […]

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The Global Rundown Global levels of carbon dioxide reached a record high average last year for the 30th year in a row, spelling bad news for climate change. South Africa’s government could spend millions to assist farmers affected by a severe drought, while an irrigation district in California is planning to build more groundwater banking […]

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The Global Rundown Climate change will push millions more people into poverty by 2030 if action is not taken to curb it, a report by the World Bank found. In a largely symbolic move, the United States denied approval of the Keystone XL pipeline. Rising sea levels are pushing port cities in Europe to rethink […]

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Pollution A pig farm in the Chinese town of Houtonglong has polluted water sources, created health problems, and made it difficult for local farmers to raise other animals, the Guardian reported. As China’s appetite for meat continues to grow, ban production at 93 iron ore mines in Goa, which were found to be contributing to […]

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Water supplies remain key to the global boom in gold mining, driven by high demand and near-record prices.

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Asia Water is essential for keeping Japan’s damaged Fukushima nuclear plant safe, where hundreds of thousands of gallons are used every day to cool reactors, but containing the 10,000 tons of contaminated water leaked each month is becoming a challenge, The Wall Street Journal reported. Thailand will spend almost $US 1 billion to regenerate forests […]

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Prices for farmland in the United States are rising as water-strapped countries like China turn to foreign sources for their grain, Forbes reported. China plans to boost its domestic grain production by expanding its man-made rain programs, according to the 12th Five-Year Plan, China Daily reported. Livestock production needs to become more efficient to provide […]

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The Obama administration decided Thursday to study an alternate route for the Keystone XL pipeline, postponing a final verdict on the proposal until after the 2012 election, The New York Times reported. The controversial pipeline has stirred up widespread opposition in Nebraska, where it would cross the Ogallala Aquifer as it carries crude oil from […]

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