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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 […]

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Lana Pollack is the U.S. Chair of the International Joint Commission

Lana Pollack, U.S. Chair of the IJC, talks with Circle of Blue last month in Chicago about some of the most pressing issues in the Great Lakes region.

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Infographic: Wild Rice

A Minnesota District Court has ruled in favor of protecting the state’s wild rice.

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Jumping Asian Carp

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is taking steps to speed up its recommendations for keeping invasive species out of the Great Lakes — but will its actions be quick enough to stop Asian carp?

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Jumping Asian Carp

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.

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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 […]

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Asian Carp Barrier Map

Three proposals for separating the Great Lakes from the Mississippi River watershed could block the flow of aquatic invasive species while re-envisioning water management in Chicago, a new study says.

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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 […]

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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.

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Wild rice on the Bad River Reservation in northern Wisconsin is in the floating leaf stage by early June, with a single shoot lying on the water’s surface. This is considered one of the most critical—and and dangerous—stages in the rice’s life cycle. The plants are just beginning to change physiologically from exchanging gases with the water column to exchanging gases with the air. Therefore, they are very susceptible to heavy rains and flooding events that can either rip out the young plants by the roots, or drown them. June 6, 2011.

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.

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Lake Erie Ice Break Up

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.

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Last week, the Obama Administration announced an updated plan, which included additional research but not closing the Chicago locks.

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Federal judge rejects Asian carp injunction as Congress passes a ban on their import.

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Invasive Asian carp make a surprise appearance on the Missouri River.

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A look at the places and faces affected by coal production in the United States.

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