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The Global Rundown If greenhouse gas emissions continue at their current rate, the melting of Antarctica’s ice shelves could accelerate to risky levels by the end of the century, scientists found. Agricultural land grabs covered more than 30 million hectares around the world over the past 15 years, according to a new report. Japan will […]

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The Global Rundown Scientists found that the snowpack in California this year was the lowest in half a millennium. Australia’s Senate voted to cap environmental water buybacks in the Murray Darling Basin, China reported improvements in curbing air and water pollutants, and low hydropower reserves in Zambia contributed to announcements of job cuts in the […]

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The Global Rundown House-destroying floods swept through parts of Japan near Tokyo as a tropical storm passed over the country. Southeastern Brazil also received heavy rainfall that helped ease a two-year drought that has parched Sao Paulo. Forecasters reiterated that a strong El Nino this winter is unlikely to rid California of its historic drought. […]

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The Global Rundown California has beaten its statewide water conservation target for another month. None of the 2016 Olympic venues in Rio de Janeiro are safe for swimming or boating. Former executives of Tokyo Electric Power Company will face charges stemming from the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster. “We will be in their face…. We are […]

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The Global Rundown A number of children in Nigeria have died of lead poisoning after a local water source was contaminated by illegal gold mining. A report from the Iowa DNR says that impaired surface waters in the state are on the rise. The United Nations believes ocean release should be an option for dealing with […]

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The Global Rundown Sewage has turned half of India‘s rivers into a mess, and water used at Fukushima is turning into a cumbersome storage problem for Japan. Thailand‘s second rice harvest is its smallest in 15 years, and Baltimore is 1/40th of the way to collecting all it is owed in past due water bills. “In view of […]

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The Global Rundown Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Colorado saw 4,600 fracking violations between 2009 and 2013. The Philippines, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Japan are vulnerable to increasingly intense climate events. China has opened its water markets to foreign investors. “It’s extremely difficult for the public to get this kind of information. The companies are violating the […]

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The Global Rundown Several communities in northern India are building artificial glaciers to boost water supplies. Cambodia promised to delay construction of a major, and strongly opposed, hydropower dam. More radioactive water leaked from Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant, and earthquakes that could be linked to wastewater wells are on the rise in Oklahoma. The U.S. […]

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The Global Rundown Brazil’s largest city is in dire condition as water supplies drop, so much so that some officials say residents may be warned to leave. Crude oil spilled from a derailed train into a river in West Virginia, and international inspectors urged Japan to release water from the Fukushima plant into the Pacific […]

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The Global Rundown Brazil’s severe drought is spreading throughout the country’s largest metropolitan regions, including Rio de Janeiro. Widespread floods in Africa have left thousands in need of food and water aid, while water scarcity in Gaza has led to a growing number of potentially unsafe desalination plants. Japan will miss its deadline to clean […]

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The Global Rundown Sao Paulo is running out of water quickly, state water officials admitted, while homes in Northern Ireland are without water due to a dispute over pensions. Oil spilled into Montana’s Yellowstone River, and a judge in Washington state ruled for the first time that dairy farm manure was a solid waste polluting […]

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The Global Rundown Rice grown near Fukushima, Japan, has passed radiation tests despite the troubles contaminated water has posed at the damaged nuclear plant. Nicaragua broke ground on the Nicaragua Canal late last month. Warm, low water in California rivers is taking a toll on the state’s Chinook salmon, while more than half of South […]

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The Global Rundown Bhopal’s water may be causing birth defects and health problems 30 years after a major chemical disaster, while Japan says it will process all contaminated water at Fukushima by March. Water utilities in Greece are losing money, water concerns are contributing to Brazil’s slow economy, and the London super sewer may be […]

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The Global Rundown Peru is opening a large irrigation project to boost agricultural exports. Australia is spending millions on water projects in New South Wales, while Guatemala is spending millions to repay families affected by the Chixoy Dam. A transport route between the Baltic and Black Seas is being revived. Farmers in Bangladesh are growing […]

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The Global Rundown The United States and China have agreed to landmark cuts in carbon emissions to fight climate change, which is warming groundwater as well as the air and surface water. The U.S. Congress is moving to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline, documents suggest Shell spilled more oil in the Niger Delta than […]

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Water Supply The overuse of groundwater in India is creating tensions between farmers and businesses, adding to the urgency of developing a better management system, Bloomberg News reported. For example, farmers in Uttar Pradesh say that a nearby Coca Cola plant has drawn down groundwater reserves so far that they are repeatedly forced to dig […]

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Iraq’s Mosul Dam, the largest in the country, is back under Iraqi and Kurdish control, but potential delays in maintenance during the fight over the dam have raised concerns about its structural integrity, Reuters reported. The dam has long needed almost constant maintenance due to flaws in its foundations, and a complete breach could flood […]

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Asia Water cleanup systems meant to decrease the radioactivity of wastewater at Japan’s damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant have malfunctioned, prompting the Tokyo Electric Power Company to suspend water cleanup operations, the Japan Times reported. One of the three systems was not sufficiently reducing levels of radioactive substances in the water, and officials stopped the […]

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Water Scarcity Food security in the Near East and North Africa region will be strained as the availability of fresh water could decline 50 percent by 2050 and the regional population continues to grow, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the UN News Centre reported. The UN has formed […]

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Europe The United Kingdom has been suffering a deluge of heavy rainstorms for months, leading to record-breaking floods that have inundated thousands of homes and businesses. In this comprehensive summary report of the floods, the Guardian examines how they might affect the country’s water management and the implementation of climate change adaptation measures. Exploration projects […]

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