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Water and Energy To improve decision-making about water and energy, researchers at Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs have developed a method for analyzing links between countries’ water and energy resources, as well as the institutions and stakeholders that manage these resources. Their study, which applies the method to Jordan, was published […]

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United States CO2 emissions are the lowest they have been in 20 years, a decline attributable to a shift toward natural gas usage. Some are calling natural gas a temporary fix, however, due to the potentially detrimental effects of natural gas drilling, The Associated Press reported. Saltwater from the Gulf of Mexico has flowed into […]

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Chile A glacial lake in Chile’s Patagonia region drained for the eleventh time since 2008, releasing a flood of 200 million cubic liters of water through a hole in the temperature-weakened glacier wall, AFP reported. The Inter Press Service reports on why Chile relies so heavily on hydropower, despite its potential for developing non-conventional renewable […]

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Sahel drought

An estimated 10 million people are struggling with growing food shortages in Burkina Faso, Chad, Gambia, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger, which have all declared emergencies and appealed for international assistance. Aid agencies and governments are now bracing to reach remote communities before the situation deteriorates into a famine.

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Developing the United Kingdom’s shale gas reserves is incompatible with the country’s climate change goals, according to a new study from the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research in Manchester. The carbon cost of developing just 20 percent of U.K.’s proven shale reserves would offset about 15 percent of the government’s greenhouse gas emissions budget […]

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The deltas of the the Mekong, Irrawaddy, Niger, Nile, Mississippi, Ganges-Brahmaputra and the Yangtze rivers contain some of the largest, most vulnerable populations to climate change. Lester Brown explores how raging storms and rising seas will create climate refugees around the globe. Agriculture vs. Industry Is genetically modified corn for ethanol production in the United […]

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China’s worsening power crisis leaves it few long-term options but to raise consumer electricity prices and swallow a dose of inflation, Reuters argues in an analysis of the country’s power shortages, as a lingering drought in southern and central China is also crippling the hydropower output. China Meanwhile, the water woes in the Yangtze River […]

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A new report furthers the hypothesis that water stress serves as a catalyst for conflict.

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One-third of the 925 rivers analyzed from 1948 to 2004 have showed “significant changes” in water levels.

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JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — In Zimbabwe, the Cholera crisis has claimed more than 1,500 lives. Now aid workers fear Malaria brought on by intense seasonal rains.

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