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The Global Rundown Peru is opening a large irrigation project to boost agricultural exports. Australia is spending millions on water projects in New South Wales, while Guatemala is spending millions to repay families affected by the Chixoy Dam. A transport route between the Baltic and Black Seas is being revived. Farmers in Bangladesh are growing […]

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Water Access North America, Middle East, Africa Two experts from the United Nations found that water shutoffs to Detroit residents unable to pay their water bills are a violation of human rights, the U.N. News Centre reported. The experts visited the city over the weekend, where as many as 3,000 water customers are being disconnected […]

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Europe The United Kingdom has been suffering a deluge of heavy rainstorms for months, leading to record-breaking floods that have inundated thousands of homes and businesses. In this comprehensive summary report of the floods, the Guardian examines how they might affect the country’s water management and the implementation of climate change adaptation measures. Exploration projects […]

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Approximately 100 million people living in rural China do not have access to safe drinking water, a problem driven in part by polluted groundwater, Xinhua reported. In response, some rural communities on Hainan Island are installing “ultra-filtration membranes” to filter out viruses and dissolved compounds, a technology that China believes could be used across the […]

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Mining companies are being forced to turn to costly recycling and desalination systems to secure enough water for their operations as rivers and other traditional sources run dry, Reuters reported. Water infrastructure now makes up about 10 percent of mining capital costs. Jordan’s water supply and distribution system is struggling to keep up with the […]

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Turkey is building a $US 700 million pipeline to transfer water from a dam on its Mediterranean coast to Cyprus, Bloomberg News reported. The pipeline will run 107 kilometers (66 miles) under the sea to bring 75 million cubic meters (19.8 billion gallons) of water to the northern part of the island, which is controlled […]

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A $12.4 billion pharmaceutical industry and poor hygiene are fostering the growth of antibiotic-resistant super bacteria in India’s water, which could have serious implications for global health, Bloomberg News reported. The Club of Rome, a Switzerland-based think tank, has released a report forecasting global changes over the next 40 years. The report predicts an average […]

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Shale gas drilling is off to a disappointing start for investors in Poland, the country thought to have the biggest unconventional gas reserves in Europe, according to Bloomberg News. Explorers in Poland are confronting rising costs, a lack of rigs, tighter environmental rules and shale layers that are harder to drill than expected. China’s biggest […]

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Dams on the tributaries of the Mekong River could have a bigger negative effect on fish biodiversity and food security than the hydropower stations on the main river, new research shows, according to the journal Nature. Extreme weather and climate change signal the emergence of a new normal that increases the risks at the intersections […]

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Water Shortages A severe drought in Portugal is ravaging pastures and threatening to worsen the country’s economic crisis, Reuters reported. Thousands of Texas rice farmers won’t get water for irrigation this year after the Lower Colorado River Authority said it won’t release water into the rivers and canals the farmers use for irrigation, AP reported. […]

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Water Law The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by five U.S. states seeking an order requiring that additional steps be taken to keep invasive Asian carp out of the Great Lakes, Reuters reported. Poland has not yet complied with EU legislation on water protection, including the monitoring of water quality, the European Commission […]

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The United Kingdom has been secretly lending its support to Canada’s tar sands agenda, the Guardian reported after obtaining documents through freedom of information laws. Canada has been looking for support in Europe ahead of a vote on fuel quality regulations that would label oil from tar sands as dirtier than other types of fuels. […]

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In serious drought conditions, Texas does not and will not have enough water to meet the needs of its people, businesses, and agricultural enterprises, according to a draft plan by the Texas Water Development Board. Poland will likely veto any attempt by the European Union to limit shale gas development with EU-wide regulation, Reuters reported, […]

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European airlines, biofuel producers and the European Commission have signed an agreement to produce 2 million tons of biofuel for aviation by 2020, even as debate rages over how green such fuels are, Reuters reports. Is the branding of biofuels as a low-carbon alternative to oil taking away from the discussion about their impact on […]

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Despite getting a go-ahead in the U.K., shale gas faces an uncertain future in Europe.

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A five-month drought has gripped China’s Hubei Province at the source of the central line of the South-North Water Transfer Project, UPI reports. Read more about the project on Circle of Blue. Although the prolonged dry spell in France this spring has not affected the country’s nuclear power output, Electricite de France SA — Europe’s […]

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Only two of Poland’s 16 regions remain untouched by floodwaters.

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Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with Barack Obama earlier this year.Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said that developing countries will not compromise their financial growth for climate change, and that, instead, rich countries need to ensure access to clean technologies.

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