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In an effort to cut red tape for businesses, 73 percent of the United Kingdom’s environmental rules are being changed or removed, the Guardian reported. The overhaul is expected to save businesses $US 1.6 billion over five years. China After achieving record grain production in 2013, China aims to become completely self-sufficient for its grain […]

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Water Conservation Iran’s newly elected president, Hassan Rouhani, has said that it will take “national will” for Iran to conserve its scarce water supplies, urging his top ministers to create a national plan for water conservation, Bloomberg News reported. The president outlined priorities such as curbing illegal well drilling and improving the efficiency of irrigation […]

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Public Health At least 10 children have been sickened and paralyzed by a polio outbreak in Syria, which World Health Organization officials fear could spread rapidly among young children in the war-torn country and its neighbors, Reuters reported. The disease can spread through contaminated food and water, and many children in Syria are now vulnerable […]

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Floods Man-made embankments meant to divide land and keep rivers from encroaching on farm fields in Bangladesh are trapping flood waters and leading to water-logged fields, IRIN News reported. While some farmers have turned to shrimp farming, scientists are recommending that restoring rivers and wetlands would be a better way to deal with the flooding […]

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Urban Water A pilot project in the United Kingdom is testing a new way to find and automatically stop leaks in urban water pipes without digging them up, Phys.org reported. The project, called LEAKCURE, could vastly reduce the amount of water lost to leaks in Europe and elsewhere. The World Bank should not be investing […]

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A movement to create recreation opportunities on New York City waterways that have long been polluted by industrial waste is also spurring environmental cleanups and education, The New York Times reported. The North Brooklyn Boat Club, for example, is revitalizing a portion of Newton Creek, a Superfund site in which the club paddles. Water and […]

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Violence broke out between the Massai and Kikuyu tribes in Kenya over water access that left hundreds homeless and 80 dead. The Kikuyus are farmers who trade for a living, AlertNet reported, while the Maasai are pastoral herders, and water scarcity often leads to violent disputes over the two for regular access. However, encouraging signs […]

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Water utilities prepare for bigger storms and rising seas.

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Sandy, the hurricane turned mega-storm that battered the United States’ East Coast earlier this week, could cost insurers $US 5 billion to $US 10 billion, while economic losses are estimated anywhere between $US 10 billion and $US 20 billion, Reuters reported. The increasing cost of natural disasters could pressure Congress to take action on climate […]

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Middle East Israel’s government plans totransfer water from the Red Sea to the Dead Sea, where water levels are dropping more than one meter (3.3 feet) each year. China The average per capita 236.5 millimeters (9.3 inches) of rain to one town, Xinhua reported. North America Canada Wednesday announced new selling city tap water that […]

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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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Adapting to climate change in the U.S., according to one estimate, will cost at least a half trillion dollars over the next four decades.

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The New York City water department delivers nearly 4 million cubic meters (1 billion gallons) of water per day to 9 million customers. To keep up with demand and to meet water quality regulations, the city is undertaking several major water infrastructure projects.

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Interactive Map: U.S. Cities Acting Now to Reduce Water Risk from Climate Change

A report from the Natural Resources Defense Council describes water threats and adaptations in a dozen American cities.

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Going the Distance for Water

In many cities, water travels far to reach the tap. Residents of the planet’s driest places rely on extensive waterways to deliver their supply. Click through the interactive infographic below to learn more about 10 cities that pipe water in from distant aquifers, plus additional plans to expand waterway networks even further.

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The documentary “Gasland” has shown at film festivals and on HBO.

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Protecting natural capital provides significant benefits at a fraction of the cost of restoring a degraded ecosystems.

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Pennsylvania’s latest budget proposal includes a tax on energy firms that tap the state’s shale gas reserves.

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Fracking could contaminate New York’s unfiltered water supply and require costly filtration, report says.

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ExxonMobil To Pay NYC $105 Million For Water PollutionAfter 11 weeks in court, a federal jury has found ExxonMobil liable for polluting six public drinking wells in southeastern Queens.

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