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Circle of Blue reporter Brett Walton says that drought is forcing the public to confront important questions about the value of water.

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The film explores one of the world’s most dangerous coal fields.

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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 Rundown The Interior secretary talks about local fracking bans. Yucca Mountain needs water rights while Vermont Yankee nuclear plant shuts down. Water disputes accumulate on the Supreme Court docket. A Keystone XL hearing kicks off the 114th Congress. Environmental reviews begin for invasive species in the Great Lakes and an Arizona copper mine. “I […]

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The Global Rundown Montana’s prospects for winning a water rights lawsuit with Wyoming don’t look promising, nor do Kathmandu’s ancient water network’s prospects for survival. Islamabad’s water supply does not even meet two thirds of demand, and New Jersey’s water utilities may soon be up for sale. Panasonic has created a new high-speed, light-driven water purification […]

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The Global Rundown   Over-reliance on traded grain and ‘virtual water’ is apparently what led to the rise and demise of the Roman Empire. Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia has recently announced that it will rely completely on imported grain by 2016. Facing inadequate public supply, desperate citizens of Yemen’s capital have taken to replacing their water meters […]

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Inadequate waste disposal practices from more than a century of oil and gas development — practices that are no longer permitted — are the chief source of salty brines in the waters of the Williston Basin, according to U.S. Geological Survey research. The Williston Basin, one of the nation’s critical bird habitats and one of […]

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The rape and hanging of two girls in India’s most populous state has put an international spotlight on the country’s inadequate toilet facilities and its violence toward women. The two victims, like so many in rural India where in-home toilets are scarce, were heading to the fields at dusk to use the bathroom when they […]

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In a normal week, I use this space to look back at U.S. government water news from the seven days that have just passed. Today, however, I turn the lens in the opposite direction. These are the policies, reports, and decisions to anticipate in 2014, organized chronologically, more or less. Great Lakes The government gets […]

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The water around the defunct Union Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal, India is not fit for consumption, according to a report from the Indian Institute of Toxicology Research, NDTV reported. The report was filed with India’s Supreme Court, which has been petitioned to order the disposal of chemical waste left in the plant after the […]

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Push-back on the transportation of tar sands equipment through a wilderness corridor reflects civic resistance to North American fossil fuel boom.

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Energy The shale oil boom in the United States is putting a big squeeze on small towns in North Dakota and Montana that are suddenly seeing a rapid influx of people, traffic, infrastructure, crime and rising demand for housing, according to Reuters. On Friday, a second New York state judge upheld an upstate community’s ban […]

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Pipes on Tap On Tuesday a Senate subcommittee will listen to officials from local governments speak about water infrastructure problems. The mayor of Baltimore, the manager of a water system in suburban Washington, D.C. and the director of an Alabama water association will speak. This is the second time in the last three months that […]

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Severe water shortages due to the La Nina weather pattern are threatening island communities in the South Pacific. Six months of low rainfall have left Tuvalu and Tokelau in a state of emergency and relying on bottled water. Officials also worry that the lack of rain will damage crops and spur a food shortage, according […]

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Montana and Wyoming have taken their transboundary water dispute to the Supreme Court. Wyoming won the first round. But others await in a case that will help decide how much water is really available to generate energy and to produce food in one of the nation’s driest regions, as well as who has access to that water.

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An energy company has plans to withdraw water from the Ohio River, the potential site for a coal-to-liquid fuels conversion plant, which would be the first of its kind in the United States and the sixth in the world. Though it will bring jobs to the region, the proposal is facing strong opposition from environmental groups.

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If the Republican-sponsored bill passes the Democrat-controlled Senate, the final decision could come by the beginning of November.

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said it found piles of oil-soaked debris along the Yellowstone River as floodwater levels recede in Montana, UPI reported. Australian farming could increase output 70 percent by 2050 by using new technologies, but it faces growing competition for land from the mining sector, Reuters reported, citing Australian officials. Djibouti appealed […]

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Montana Oil Spill Only a small fraction of the oil spilled from an ExxonMobil pipeline into the Yellowstone River in Montana is likely to be recovered, according to an Environmental Protection Agency staff member, speaking with the Associated Press. In the last year, several pipeline breaks have fouled waterways in the U.S, most notably the […]

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