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State environmental agency’s indifference and intransigence violated public trust.

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The Global Rundown A new study warns that groundwater across much of sub-Saharan Africa is vulnerable to pollution. Thailand is considering diverting transboundary rivers to alleviate future droughts, and China is planning to develop more water-intensive textile factories in the arid Xinjiang region. Michigan’s governor announced plans to request federal aid for a water crisis […]

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Residents put at risk by ideology, misguided decisions.

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The Global Rundown El Nino, the global phenomenon causing extreme weather from Asia to Africa, has peaked and will likely diminish by the middle of the year. Floods in England last month inundated thousands of properties, and a new report urges the government to tighten restrictions on new buildings in flood-prone areas. Meanwhile, officials in […]

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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 Global Rundown Extensive flooding occurred in Missouri, killing more than a dozen people. High water levels on a number of major rivers in the Midwest United States could cause trouble for industrial areas in the South, while insurance companies are expecting to pay billions of dollars for flood damages in Britain. Egypt, Ethiopia, and […]

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Safe drinking water tops list of concerns.

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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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Twin oil pipelines running below the Straits of Mackinac are unnecessary—and unnecessarily risky—a new study says.

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The Global Rundown The city of Flint, Michigan, declared a state of emergency to garner state and federal support to address its lead contaminated drinking water. Nearby Detroit showed little sign of forgiving the debt owed on city residents’ water bills, and water companies in South Africa stopped service to 30 villages that failed to […]

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Governments in the nation’s most water-rich region are responding to public pressure over high-profile water pollution concerns, but have left fundamental policy changes largely untouched.

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National Wildlife Federation says federal agency has allowed pipelines to operate illegally for two decades.

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The Global Rundown Water scarcity is a growing concern in England, where climate change and population growth are putting pressure on rivers. Meteorologists expect southern Australia to get drier this month as an El Nino progresses, and rice farmers in Pakistan are experimenting with ways to conserve water. The leader of Canada’s Liberal Party promised […]

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The Global Rundown A spate of dam-building in Indonesia is flooding out communities, and residents say they are receiving little compensation. A drought in Costa Rica is causing daily water outages for thousands of people, while dry conditions in Colombia are prompting the government to spend millions on drinking water deliveries and firefighting efforts. Doctors […]

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The Global Rundown A group of scientists from Yale spent three years counting the world’s trees. Public water in Flint, Michigan is picking up lead as it travels through old pipes and fixtures. Syria‘s water infrastructure is reaching a tipping point. “Over the next two years we will begin to see in cities like Aleppo […]

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Enbridge Inc., based in Calgary, is the largest shipper of Canadian crude oil, built and operates the twin, 20-inch-diameter steel pipelines, about 1,000 feet apart, that cross the Straits of Mackinac in northern Michigan. The company's holdings include this tank farm in Edmonton, Alberta. Photo/Keith Schneider

Pipeline owner criticized for lapses in inspection and disclosure.

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Report calls for independent analysis of the risks, alternatives, and cost of a big oil spill in the Mackinac Straits.

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The Straits of Mackinac, which separate Michigan’s Upper and Lower Peninsula, are the site of one of the most famous water crossings in the United States – the five-mile-long Mackinac Bridge, which opened in 1957. But four years before, in 1953, Enbridge Inc., the Canadian energy transport company, installed two 20-inch steel pipelines across the straits to ship oil and natural gas liquids to refineries and processing plants in Sarnia, Ontario, and to southeast Michigan.

Michigan will reveal information about energy-transport network under the Straits of Mackinac.

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Circle of Blue intern Connor Bebb explains his passion for sharing information about our most important shared resource — water.

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State and provincial leaders act to end danger to Lake Erie, which has suffered from a resurgence of nutrient pollution and toxic algae outbreaks over the past decade.

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