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Adapting to Extreme Weather The world’s poorest people will be hit hardest by extreme weather caused by climate change, according to a new report from the World Bank, the Guardian reported. The increasing frequency of droughts, floods and heat waves expected in some regions, particularly sub-Saharan Africa, could cut regional food supplies within 20 years, […]

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Environmental Threats Natural disasters cost the world approximately $US 138 billion last year, the third consecutive year that economic losses from disasters have exceeded $US 100 billion, AlertNet reported. Floods and droughts accounted for almost 80 percent of disaster victims in 2012. Failure to address environmental threats like climate change, deforestation, air pollution, and water […]

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U.S. government support for biofuels and inaction on climate change are creating food price spikes and hunger in other countries, the Guardian reported, citing a new study by the Global Hunger Index. Twenty-six countries, mainly in sub-Saharan Africa, are at extreme risk of hunger. Yemen could face a humanitarian crisis on a par with that […]

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Eurobarometer Survey: Europeans Say Climate Change More Dire Than Economic Situation

Just over half of respondents in the European Union’s 27 member states mentioned climate change as one of the world’s most serious problems, and 20 percent felt it is the single most serious problem.

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Plans to capture and store carbon have failed to gain traction around the world amid the current global recession and the fading government support for climate action, the Guardian reported, citing the International Energy Agency. Is the Central Intelligence Agency treating its climate change studies as classified information? The North American rush to produce oil […]

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Southern California, Arizona and Nevada are in discussions with the Mexican government about sharing a desalination plant across the border in Mexico, Reuters reports. But some conservation groups say that the controversial plan may be taking advantage of Mexico’s lower costs and weaker regulations. Emergencies A violent tornado swept across the American South on Wednesday […]

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Big spills and bigger damage to people and water resources around the globe.

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As they span significant areas of Asia, Europe and the Americas, karst landscapes cover some 15 percent of the Earth’s land mass. Scientists estimate that these areas of porous bedrock are home to as many as 1.5 billion people, a quarter of the global population.

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For centuries women have been responsible for water use — not only in the home, but also in the fields. Yet few women participate in resource management.

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BUFFALO, New York — Homeowners unable to pay their water bills sometimes circumvent the system, reconnecting to the source themselves. But no longer

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As the US population continues to rise, a water crisis looms. Overuse, pollution, and infrastructure neglect all pose series risks to the nation’s water supplies. A nation where very few individuals are informed about water issues — or even understand where the water from the tap comes from — may soon face one of the […]

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by C.T. Pope Circle of Blue Almost two-thirds of sub-Saharan Africa’s rural poor could benefit from investment in water, a new UN report finds.

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The new Global Urban Poverty: Setting the Agenda report details innovative approaches and community-led solutions to problems facing cities, including crime, migration, lack of housing, and inadequate access to water and sanitation. It’s published by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Comparative Urban Studies Project in Washington, D.C.

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