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The Global Rundown Communities in Zambia have filed an international lawsuit against a mining company due to drinking water pollution, while a different company announced it will lay off workers at one of the country’s copper mines due to hydropower shortages. Monsoon floods could pollute a world heritage site in Vietnam, Pakistan may soon be […]

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The Global Rundown California approved mandatory water cuts, hundreds of cities in Iran face water shortages, and major cities in the United States could be at risk of drought-induced water stress. Conflicts over water and land resources intensified in Kenya. Turkey plans to send water to Cyprus by the end of July. “It is better […]

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The Global Rundown The Philippines‘ largest water company is seeking compensation after a government decision limiting prices it can charge. Fracking companies in North Dakota are trying to turn their waste into clean energy. An environmental activist abandons his Earth Day attempt to swim a toxic New York canal half-way through. “It’s like swimming into a […]

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The Global Rundown An environmental activist plans to swim New York City’s toxic Gowanus Canal to bring attention to water pollution on Earth Day. Exxon will pay millions to settle pollution violations in Arkansas, and Rio Tinto will pay millions to improve goodwill and water supplies in Mongolia. Thousands of people are still without water […]

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The Global Rundown Mumbai still faces extreme flood risks 10 years after a 2005 disaster, and a new report urges governments to do more to address extreme weather risk. Deteriorating water systems are contributing to disease in Syria. France must defend its Sivens dam project, while hydropower helped push Scotland’s renewable energy production to new […]

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The Global Rundown Nicaragua will soon begin construction of its ocean-linking canal, Saudi Arabia is spending billions to build water infrastructure, and New York City continues to build a massive drinking water tunnel. Ireland has reduced its planned water rates. Uruguay is recycling cooking oil into biodiesel, and a Netherlands paper mill is recycling water. […]

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The largest city in the United States wants to revive dozens of groundwater wells on Long Island as a temporary supply, Newsday reports. The new sources will be needed in 2021 when New York shuts down one of its upstate aqueducts for at least 10 months to repair leaks. Long Island residents fear that added […]

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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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