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The Global Rundown The leader of Cambodia defended his country’s hydropower development plans against criticism that dams will harm fisheries, forests, and the communities that depend on them. Droughts in Papua New Guinea and Ethiopia are creating severe food insecurity, and storms have displaced millions of people in the Philippines. Puerto Rico agreed to upgrade […]

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The Global Rundown Social media campaigns used by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to garner support for its Clean Water Rule were illegal, according to a government report. Typhoon Melor caused flooding, evacuations, and power outages in the Philippines. Scarce groundwater resources sparked conflicts between communities and agriculture companies in Peru. Toxic algae blooms along […]

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The Global Rundown Heatwaves in Middle East cities, including Abu Dhabi and Dubai, are on track to become unbearably hot for humans by the end of the century if climate change continues, scientists found. Communities in the Philippines are struggling to recover from Typhoon Koppu’s floods, while floods in Texas linked to Hurricane Patricia could […]

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The Global Rundown China is quickly losing its coastal wetlands to development, with implications for water supplies and wildlife, a new report found, while environmental groups in England are concerned about the effect of a proposed nuclear power plant on the Blackwater estuary. A toxic algae bloom in the Ohio River should be a wake-up […]

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The Global Rundown Current water systems in Bangalore will not be sufficient to supply the city by 2021, according to a new report. A drought in Papua New Guinea shut down another mine, while a drought in Mexico drastically reduced water levels in a reservoir and revealed a 16th-century church. A typhoon in the Philippines […]

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The Global Rundown Australia released plans to invest in water infrastructure, the Philippines called for bids to build a new dam to supply water to Manila, and Peru declared a state of emergency in preparation for an El Nino. Cities in California are raising water rates to replace revenue lost to conservation efforts. Farming communities […]

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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 Abandoned tailings ponds are a threat to the environment and public health in Chile, nongovernmental organizations say. North Carolina found contaminated groundwater near Duke Energy coal ash dumps, a majority of states in the U.S. expect to see water shortages in the future, and Detroit is increasing financial aid to help residents […]

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The Global Rundown Vanuatu‘s access to safe water has not been fully restored one month after Cyclone Pam, and a small Philippine island’s shallow aquifer is still contaminated 17 months after Typhoon Haiyan. Single-serve brewers are reducing overall coffee demand, and fighting in Yemen is further threatening Yemenis’ food security. Celebrities and CEOs in California […]

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The Global Rundown Increasingly severe droughts in the western United States could give utilities more power to set higher prices for water. Ireland’s government is considering ways to make people pay their water bills, while making Los Angeles’ water systems resilient to earthquakes could cost billions. Dozens of people die each day in the Philippines […]

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Some communities in the Philippines still don’t have access to reliable sources of safe water, despite months of relief efforts following Typhoon Haiyan, AlertNet reported. Aid agencies have been hindered by wet, stormy weather, but even the water trucks and tanks that they have been able to supply are temporary solutions to the water problem. […]

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Drinking Water The quality of drinking water supplies is at risk from increasingly frequent extreme weather, such as droughts, floods and wildfires—especially if they occur in combination, The Sydney Morning Herald reported, citing a new study released by researchers at the University of New South Wales. For example, a large wildfire followed by heavy rain […]

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Extreme Weather Some of the biggest water stories of 2013 involved extreme weather, including the “Himalayan Tsunami” in India, a record-breaking typhoon in the Philippines, and powerful floods and droughts from Canada to Brazil. This photo slideshow published by the Guardian captures some of the most intense weather of the year. Extreme weather events are […]

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Climate Change An increase in global temperatures by 2 degrees Celsius would likely result in chronic water scarcity—less than 1,000 cubic meters per person per year—for 21 percent of the global population, according to new climate models developed by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Climate Progress reported. An increase of just 1 degree […]

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Sierra Nevada snowpack could drop 50 percent if the entire Amazon rainforest was cut down, according to a Princeton study that explored the effects of Amazon deforestation on the climate of other regions. While it is unlikely the entire Amazon will be cut, researchers say the study points out important connections between deforestation and water […]

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Climate Change The next report released by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is expected to contain stronger warnings about the security of the world’s food supply, The New York Times reported, citing a leaked version of the report. Previous releases from the IPCC reflected hope that the increased plant growth prompted by […]

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Philippines Survivors of Typhoon Haiyan, which hit the central Philippines last Friday, are now desperately searching for limited food and water supplies, The New York Times reported. The typhoon, one of the strongest to ever hit the Philippines, created a massive storm surge that leveled buildings and may have killed tens of thousands of people. […]

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Water Contamination Work to replace and upgrade Chicago’s aging water pipelines could cause levels of lead in the city’s drinking water to spike, the Chicago Tribune reported, citing a recent study from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Many old pipelines connecting houses to the main water system are made out of lead, and disturbing them […]

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Water Scarcity Nine new coal mines could significantly draw down surface and groundwater supplies in Queensland, Australia, using 50 to 70 billion liters of water each year, according to a new report from anti-mining group Lock the Gate, the Guardian reported. Queensland politicians say the mines, which could double Australia’s coal exports, will need to […]

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Water Storage A company in the United Kingdom is looking to use old mine quarries as basins for water pumping stations that could act as batteries storing renewable energy, Bloomberg News reported. Water pumped uphill from one basin to another by solar and wind power could later be released downhill to provide energy. Dam reservoirs […]

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