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The Global Rundown Emissions of methane, a greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change, could increase more than 50 percent from northern freshwater lakes by the end of the century, researchers found. A small glacier in Colorado could disappear in 20 years, and a rule to protect U.S. streams from coal mining may be defeated […]

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The Global Rundown Months of drought have depleted water levels at the Kariba dam, where Zambia may be forced to shut down hydropower production. A dairy company from Saudi Arabia has purchased land in California to grow alfalfa for its cows, and researchers have warned that major dams planned for the Amazon, Congo, and Mekong […]

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The Global Rundown A scientific advisory board outlined concerns about a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency report that concluded hydraulic fracturing operations in the United States have not harmed drinking water supplies. It could take more than $US 1 billion to fix drinking water problems in Flint, Michigan, according to the city’s mayor, while water systems […]

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The Global Rundown Forecasters predict record temperatures will hit Johannesburg later this week, and a heatwave across South Africa is expected to place further stress on diminishing water supplies. Meanwhile, southern England could experience water restrictions later this year despite extensive winter flooding in the North, and Indonesia is preparing for floods from a possible […]

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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 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 The World Bank announced a $US 16 billion plan to invest in climate adaptation projects in Africa, and a new report warned that current carbon reduction pledges are too weak and will be costly for developing countries. South Africa’s economy nearly went into recession this year as major industries declined and drought […]

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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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The Global Rundown Current water systems in Bangalore will not be sufficient to supply the city by 2021, according to a new report. A drought in Papua New Guinea shut down another mine, while a drought in Mexico drastically reduced water levels in a reservoir and revealed a 16th-century church. A typhoon in the Philippines […]

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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 Zimbabwe has asked mines operating in the country to cut their electricity use by a quarter as hydropower shortages continue. Alaska granted water rights to a group of citizens seeking to protect salmon from a proposed coal mine, while a jury awarded more than $1 million to a woman in Ohio who […]

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The Global Rundown Global leaders meet in New York today at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit to adopt a new set of international goals. Water pollution is one of the top three concerns of people living in China, according to a survey. The number of coal mines in the United States is declining, while […]

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The Global Rundown Expanding deserts and other forms of land degradation cost the world trillions of dollars each year and prompt migrations, a new report found. Hydraulic fracturing accounts for a small portion of industrial water use in the United States. El Nino threatens New Zealand with drought and could harm its economy. Guinea is […]

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The Global Rundown Designing cities to effectively deal with climate change could save the world a lot of money in the future, according to an international group of economists. Zambia’s economy is struggling amid a drought and low copper prices, and low water levels in Poland threaten its energy security. A study in Australia found […]

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The Rundown President Obama visits Alaska, to talk climate change. The EPA proposes a ban on flushing certain medications down the drain. Might the Gold King mine spill revive interest in Congress in mining reform? The National Academy of Sciences assesses the Everglades restoration while the New Jersey coast builds resilience against flooding. “I’ve come […]

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