The Global Rundown Australia released plans to invest in water infrastructure, the Philippines called for bids to build a new dam to supply water to Manila, and Peru declared a state of emergency in preparation for an El Nino. Cities in California are raising water rates to replace revenue lost to conservation efforts. Farming communities […]
The Global Rundown In Australia, researchers are calling for a water conservation plan in the Outback, where hydraulic fracturing will begin in the coming years. The second most water-stressed state in Mexico is pursuing shale oil development, despite already scarce water resources. A copper and nickel mine in Minnesota is one step closer to creation […]
The Global Rundown Pakistan is using solar power to improve drinking water in its desert regions. The United Kingdom is banning fracking in a large area previously open to development, while groundwater pollution concerns are surfacing in California and Minnesota. China released a new rural policy for 2015, including plans for water infrastructure development. The […]
The Global Rundown In the past 15 years, privatized water supplies have been increasingly transferred back to public ownership, and in the past month, France, Italy and Switzerland have been hit hard by floods and landslides. New York says ‘no’ to a desalination plant, and environmental groups say ‘no’ to an expanded tar sands pipeline running […]
Energy Chile’s president has reiterated her commitment to boosting the country’s energy supplies, including the addition of 865 megawatts of generation capacity from large-scale hydropower projects in the next four years, Reuters reported. However, the permit for Chile’s largest hydropower project was recently cancelled due to environmental and societal concerns. In reaction to a large […]
Water management will be the most limiting factor for China’s shale gas development, a consulting group confirmed. While water flows might be abundant, Bloomberg reported, the necessary clean water is harder to find. Read Circle of Blue’s 2012 coverage of water’s potential limits on shale gas development in China here. Pollution In Minnesota, federal regulators […]
Food Sustainability A new interactive tool, developed by the nonprofit Oxfam, rates the supply chains of the ten largest global food companies on their performance in areas like water consumption and human rights, The New York Times reported. Oxfam hopes the scorecards will spur consumers to demand more from their favorite food brands. Extreme Weather […]
The Supreme Court denied a request by five states that were calling for immediate action to stop invasive Asian carp from infiltrating the Great Lakes. This is the third time that the court has denied an injunction for the Asian carp case.
Bulgaria should pursue shale gas in order to achieve energy independence, United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said during a visit to the country, according to EurActiv. In January, Bulgaria placed a moratorium on the use of hydraulic fracturing, which forces large quantities of chemicals and water into shale gas formations underground to release […]
Agriculture The Ethiopian government is relocating thousands of people from the country’s Gambella region in order to make way for commercial agriculture, the Guardian reported, citing a report from Human Rights Watch. The report argues that citizens are not getting proper compensation for the land, and that relocation threatens their food security. A new government […]
Live carp have been found in North Dakota and past the electric barriers in Chicago. As the carp push forward, Michigan and other Great Lakes states are once again asking the U.S. Supreme Court to speed up action to stop the advance of the invader.
For generations, the upper Great Lakes region has boasted harvests of wild rice, growing in Lake Superior and other watersheds within the basin. But disease, dams, and climate change are now endangering the uncultivated bounty.
The highly controversial bill set the highest thresholds for water withdrawal permits in the Great Lakes region, sparking debate between environmentalists and businesses over the use of Lake Erie water.