The Global Rundown A deepening drought in Puerto Rico prompted officials to expand water rationing measures. A new coal mine in Australia continues to raise concerns about groundwater, the European Union voted to ban textile imports that use a substance harmful to waterways, and Hong Kong found high lead levels in the blood of people […]
The Global Rundown A massive heat wave in water-starved southwest Pakistan has killed hundreds of people and threatens thousands more. Meanwhile, in Nevada, the Lake Mead reservoir reached record low levels, and the Western Governors’ Drought Forum released a roadmap for further drought action. A binational committee proposed new targets for phosphorus reduction in Lake […]
The Global Rundown A report from global health organizations highlights the lack of safe water and sanitation at health centers. Rivers in a Vietnam province are down 80 percent due to drought, while California considers stricter water conservation measures today. Alberta, Canada introduced stricter regulations to protect water from oil sands development, and scientists found […]
By the end of the month, Brazil’s national water regulator hopes to finalize proposed water restrictions in two states hit by the region’s worst-ever drought. BN Americas reports that industries in rural areas of Sao Paulo and Minas Gerais states will see water deliveries reduced by 30 percent in addition to daily water cuts for […]
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 […]
Australia New South Wales and the federal government of Australia have reached a new agreement about government water buybacks in the Murray-Darling River Basin, capping the buybacks at 1,500 gigaliters, the Guardian reported. The buybacks transfer water rights from farmers and other water users to the government, and are meant to keep enough water in […]
As the impact of agriculture on water quality intensifies around the globe, two lawsuits in the United States aim to reduce the size of the Gulf of Mexico’s ‘dead zone’ by setting limits on nutrient pollution in the Mississippi River Basin.
Tar sands development in northern Alberta, Canada, causes water pollution, increases greenhouse gas emissions and damages forests, according to a team of independent scientists commissioned to study the impacts of oil operations in the region. The northern Alberta oil sands are the largest source of oil outside the Middle East but are believed by many […]