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Climate Areas of some coastal cities in the United States could become unusable in the next 30 years due to sea level rise and routine floods, Reuters reported, citing a new study from the Union of Concerned Scientists. Washington, D.C., for example, could have as many as 388 tidal floods each year by 2045. Researchers […]

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Pollution The Buenavista copper mine in northern Mexico has spilled toxic waste into the Sonora River basin for the second time in two months, prompting the government to warn nearby residents not to use the water, the Associated Press reported. The mine is already facing a cost of $US 151 million to clean up a […]

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Drought Vast clouds of water vapor that typically flow from the Amazon rainforest to southern Brazil failed last year, possibly causing the severe drought that is afflicting cities like Sao Paulo, Climate News Network reported. Scientists believe that deforestation in the Amazon basin and climate change are to blame for stopping the flow of water […]

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India While some regions of India are mired in drought, the country’s eastern states are being inundated by monsoon rains, AlertNet reported. Floods have displaced 10,000 people in Odisha, where floodwaters from a major river washed into 30 communities. Agriculture A drought in Thailand and the closure of a government subsidy program for rice growers […]

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The American shale gas boom is more than drilling pads and fracking fluids. New pipelines are sprouting as well. Williams Partners offers the latest entry in the race to funnel new supplies to market. The Tulsa, Oklahoma-based pipeline giant notified federal regulators earlier this month that it wants to begin field surveys for the $US […]

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Water Contamination Water pollution caused by natural gas and oil drilling operations may be more common than advertised, with cases confirmed in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and West Virginia, according to an Associated Press review of complaints submitted to the states. The review also found that the states varied greatly in the way they reported possible […]

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Water and Energy At the binational Itaipú hydropower dam on the Paraná River between Brazil and Paraguay, environmental and social activists are working with energy companies to protect and restore the watershed for the benefit of residents and future power generation, Inter Press Service reported. Though activists are not completely satisfied with the program, they […]

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Water Contamination River sediments downstream of a Pennsylvania plant that treats and releases hydraulic fracturing wastewater contained 200 times the amount of radium found in sediments upstream of the plant, according to a new study published by Duke University researchers, USA Today reported. The study’s authors point to a lack of “enforced monitoring” as one […]

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Hydraulic Fracturing An internal report showing that United States Environmental Protection Agency staff in Pennsylvania objected to the closing of a drinking water assessment near natural gas drill sites in Dimock, Pennsylvania, has cast further doubt on the agency’s hydraulic fracturing studies, the Los Angeles Times reported. The EPA defended its Dimock decision, saying that […]

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United States The Department of Energy now says that contrary to a claim made earlier this year, chemicals from hydraulic fracturing in Pennsylvania did not contaminate drinking water aquifers, Bloomberg News reported. The conclusion comes from a National Energy Technology Laboratory study conducted in Pittsburg, the first ever where a drilling company has allowed government […]

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Though groundwater gets most of the attention, rivers are also affected by the rush of shale gas development across the United States, according to a new study that claims both wastewater and well development degrade water quality, but in different ways.

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When a Greenpeace China rapid response team ventured to a chemical spill site in the Shanxi province, they found that the area’s water supply was dwindling rapidly to support the growing coal production there, reports The New York Times. Much like the water-energy nexus story that Circle of Blue uncovered in other Northern Chinese provinces, […]

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Africa Water service, as well as electricity and phone service, has been cut in Timbuktu, the latest casualty of the ongoing conflict in Mali, CNN reported. The Azawad National Liberation Movement (MNLA), a group active in northern Mali that opposes the government, blamed the outages on “terrorist” sabotage. Following a devastating drought in 2009, pastoral […]

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Artificial nutrient runoff may be contributing to a population boom of destructive starfish in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, The New York Times reported. The starfish accounted for 42 percent of the reef’s live coral decline since 1985, while cyclones and coral bleaching accounted for the remaining 58 percent, according to a new study from the […]

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A sudden water shortage is the latest hardship blighting the city of Aleppo, already facing a humanitarian crisis. A main pipe burst during fighting between the Syrian military and rebel fighters, The New York Times reported. On Friday, 12 people died in clashes between cattle herders and farmers in southeastern Kenya over land and water, […]

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With a few weeks still left in the annual melt season, Arctic sea ice cover has already diminished to the lowest area on record, covering 4.10 million square kilometers (1.58 million square miles), AlertNet reported. Hurricane Isaac, which made landfall near New Orleans yesterday night, could dredge up as much as 1 million barrels of […]

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Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania governments struggle with climate change, budgets, and changing markets.

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Hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in Pennsylvania could put water supplies at risk, according to a new study published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The drought and heat in the major maize and soybean producing regions of the United States could drive up world food prices in the coming months, […]

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Mother Jones investigates the link between quite possibly the most contaminated public drinking water supply in U.S. history and the incidence of breast cancer in men who lived at Camp Lejeune, a marine base in North Carolina. A city council member running for mayor of San Diego has introduced a “Bill of Rights” for water […]

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Top Ten Endangered Rivers

Leavening the imperiled areas from the latest “Endangered Rivers” report with a few bright spots.

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