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Circle of Blue intern Crystal Edmunds recounts her first-hand experience of the Gorkha earthquake and raises questions about what it means for water.

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Triggered by the April 25 earthquake, Kali Gandaki landslide reveals long-term challenges in the world’s highest mountain range.

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The Global Rundown Monsoon rains mean an increased likelihood of landslides in Nepal as communities recover from the earthquake. Queensland, Australia, is suffering its most widespread drought in history, while residents in Colombia are using plastic bottles to build cisterns. Enbridge agreed to pay Michigan millions in an oil spill settlement, and the U.S. House […]

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Nation’s power grid loses more than 30 percent of generating capacity.

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Near the earthquake epicenter, workers were rescued from a dam that is currently under construction by a Chinese company.

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The Global Rundown Germany is beginning to tackle nitrogen pollution in its lakes and rivers. Nepal approved a major hydropower dam, a start-up in Portland,Oregon, uses drinking water pipes to create hydropower, and Flint, Michigan invests in a massive new water filter. A mine manager in Guatemala was jailed for a trial over water pollution. […]

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The Global Rundown California Governor Jerry Brown is responding to criticism of the state’s water regulations on farmers, while Turkmenistan and Kathmandu also grapple with water crises. Global organizations are calling for better groundwater management. Thailand‘s annual New Years’ festival is pretty wet, and so is Mars (but the red planet is also very cold). “Agriculture in […]

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Lower Subansiri River construction site was shut in 2011 and never restarted.

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The Rundown Deadline extension for nutrient pollution in the Mississippi River Basin. More heat means more evaporation from western farmland and reservoirs. Western water supply forecasts coming soon. U.S. official promotes Nepal hydropower. “It takes time to improve water quality in very large water bodies like the Mississippi River and Gulf of Mexico. And then […]

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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 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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Dammed by the landslide, the Sun Koshi River breaks free.

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Sun Koshi River is blocked, 156 people are dead, and 10 percent of Nepal’s hydropower capacity is cut off.

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China Rules for pilot water trading markets in seven Chinese provinces will be approved by October, Reuters reported. The markets could improve water use efficiency in the country, but some experts have questioned their legality under Chinese law. India India is hoping to forge closer ties with Nepal by offering to help develop hydropower in […]

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Floods Flooding in Nepal costs the country approximately $US 232 million each year when taking into account damages to both infrastructure and health, according to a new study by Nepal’s government and the Climate Development Knowledge Network, the Guardian reported. There is evidence that the intensity and frequency of floods in Nepal are increasing, with […]

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Water Data Farmers and water managers in Nepal are lacking adequate scientific data to make informed decisions about everything from local development to crop insurance, Inter Press Service reported. Nepal’s difficult terrain and sparse monitoring networks are one reason behind the data deficiency, but scientists also say that available data is not analyzed properly. Surveyors […]

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Pollution China plans to invest $US 81.5 million by 2020 to document and mitigate groundwater pollution, Nature reported. The plan is in response to a 6-year survey of groundwater in the North China Plain that found serious levels of pollution from sources such as fertilizers and industrial waste. Climate Change The world has been warming […]

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Africa Planned hydropower dam projects on the Congo River could generate as much as 40,000 megawatts of electricity, making the Grand Inga system the largest in the world, the Guardian reported. Securing financial backing and buyers for the electricity are still hurdles faced by developers, but the project is gaining momentum. Water levels on Lake […]

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“We cannot say that rain is not interesting just because we can dig wells,” says Vessela Monta, a civil engineer by trade who began working with the International Rainwater Harvesting Alliance (IRHA) in 2002. Some resources — like the availability of harvestable rainwater — get forgotten when discussing sustainability, but not to Monta. She points […]

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Dams Communities in Mexico’s southern states of Puebla, Tabasco, Veracruz, Oaxaca, and Chiapas have united against the potential social, economic and environmental effects of the region’s mini dams, according to Inter Press Service. This fall, San Francisco Bay Area residents will vote to determine whether to drain a 117-billion-gallon reservoir in the Hetch Hetchy Valley. […]

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