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From soil to stratosphere, scientific understanding of the water cycle will take a giant leap in 2014.

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Analyzing two reports about future water stress in the United States, the Huffington Post created a list of the top 11 cities that could face water shortages due to factors like population growth, increasing water demand from industries, and climate change. Los Angeles, which imports much of its fresh water, tops the list. Water Pollution […]

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Gaza A wastewater treatment plant serving 120,000 people in Gaza has stopped working after running out of fuel, causing sewage to back up and submerge streets in some neighborhoods, Reuters reported. An Israeli blockade and an Egyptian crackdown on smuggling tunnels have stopped the flow of fuel into Gaza. North Dakota The salty geology of […]

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Mars NASA’s Curiosity rover has discovered that the surface soil on Mars contains at least 2 percent water, CBS News reported. Soil samples taken by the rover also contained oxygen and carbon dioxide, and researchers believe that future samples could yield organic compounds. Climate Change Curbing the effects of climate change would require the world […]

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Africa Libya, Chad, Sudan and Egypt have agreed to work together to manage and share the water in the Nubian Aquifer, an ancient water source than runs beneath the four countries, AllAfrica reported. The agreement is meant to improve transboundary water cooperation, protect water quality and biodiversity, and prevent conflict. Colorado Water Quality Concerns Recent […]

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Floods More than 26,000 hectares of farmland were covered by floodwaters and 300 households were evacuated Monday in China’s northeast Heilongjiang province, Xinhua reported in this photo slideshow. The flooding is the worst the region has seen in a century. Flooding in Sudan during the past month has also displaced families, with more than 530,000 […]

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NASA and the California Department of Water Resources are collaborating on a project to provide a near real-time assessment of mountain snowpack. The three-year pilot study of watersheds in California and Colorado began last month. The lasers and spectrometers on the Airborne Snow Observatory, carried aboard aircraft that fly below the cruising altitude of a […]

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Satellite data shows the Tigris and Euphrates river basins are yet another example of how groundwater is being pumped at unsustainable rates across the world.

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Today, just after the lunch hour, NASA launches the eighth version of Landsat. The earth-observing satellite will carry two instruments that will, among other things, measure water quality and quantity. NASA will cover the launch of the satellite live online. Liftoff is scheduled for 1:02 p.m. eastern standard time. Water Themes for Congress Federal spending […]

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The eighth Landsat satellite launches on Monday. It will measure water quality and quantity.

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In 22 years, the energy sector will demand twice as much water, driven primarily by booming coal-fired electricity and increasing biofuel production. That’s the central finding of an International Energy Agency projection, National Geographic reported. The total increase in demand is equivalent to four times the volume of the U.S.’s Lake Mead. Measuring Risk, Expecting […]

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Global Tensions over Shared Water Tanzania and Malawi have agreed not to escalate their dispute over Lake Nyasa, where both nations claim water rights. Tanzanian president Jakaya Kikwete stated this weekend that his nation will not enter into war with Malawi over the border dispute, and will continue to seek diplomatic ends to the debate, […]

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This photo slideshow demonstrates the effects of coal extraction on water, vegetation and lifestyles in northwest China. A recent report from Greenpeace speaks out against the expansion of coal bases in the region, according to the Guardian. Safe Drinking Water Algal blooms are spreading in South Korean rivers. Although the cause of the blooms is up for […]

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Beijing Flooding Beijing mayor Guo Jinlong resigned Wednesday, in what some media say is likely a routine political reshuffling, but which comes amid public questioning of Beijing authorities’ handling of last weekend’s flood disaster. Others have suggested that Guo may be trying to escape further blame for the damage caused by the deluge, according to […]

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The Aquarius mission will help scientists understand the global water cycle.

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Water rates will be slowly but steadily rising in the United States, and water utilities across the nation are likely to issue more debt to renew and expand their pipelines, Reuters reported, citing a panel of experts at a forum in Las Vegas. Water shortages could also become worse in the coming years, even in […]

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The winning design by Richard Vijgen in the World Water Day competition by HeadsUP and Visualizing.org will be on display in New York City's Times Square for one month. Titled “Seasonal and Longterm Changes in Groundwater Levels,” Vijgen's design uses NASA's gravitational data.

A first-of-its-kind space mission shows dips in groundwater supplies globally.

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The International Energy Agency will make shale gas recommendations in its upcoming global energy report this fall, Financial Post reported. U.S. Shale Boom U.S. President Barack Obama pushed support for shale gas drilling and clean energy technology in his State of the Union address. Bloomberg gives the highlights. Meanwhile, North Dakota’s shale oil boom has […]

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Chicago’s Sewers The sewer district for metropolitan Chicago has set a timetable for a completing a four-decade-old tunnel and reservoir project that will reduce sewer overflows into Lake Michigan, according to an agreement signed in December with the U.S. Justice Department. By 2029 the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District must complete the remaining two reservoirs in […]

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An Israeli desalination plant that is expected to start operations in 2013 could allow the drought-ridden country to export water to its neighbors, Reuters reported. Is water on the agenda at the climate talks in Durban, South Africa? Severe water shortages are plaguing India’s Maharashtra state, according to India Waterportal. Meanwhile, heavy rains have wreaked […]

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