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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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Yesterday’s United Nations (UN) conference stressed water management at national and global levels as the key to achieving sustainable development for the future, UN News Centre reported. “At the national level, community involvement, women’s voices and participation and private sector cooperation are essential […] at the Regional level, dialogue, information sharing and cooperation on transboundary […]

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Water Contamination The Lock the Gate alliance in Australia finds that of 43 coal and gas developments that would potentially affect water supplies in the country, only four have had the government’s “water-trigger” assessment applied to them, The Guardian reported. “The states have really let the side down badly on water quality,” said Carmel Flint, campaign coordinator with Lock […]

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Extreme Weather Eastern Germany is bracing for high water as the floods that have plagued Austria, Bavaria and the Czech Republic move east, Bloomberg Businessweek reported. The floods have set records in some towns, and prompted governments in both Germany and the Czech Republic to declare a state of emergency. Water Contamination After a summer […]

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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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Diminishing supplies of water, metals and biomass could slow the deployment of clean energy technologies by 2035, Reuters reported, citing a new study by the Stockholm Environment Institute and by business initiative 3C. Some low-carbon technologies use more water than conventional fuels. Read the policy brief to find out why cutting carbon emissions and saving […]

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Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have found that shale gas production would undermine the still-emerging renewable energy sector in the United States, according to Yale Environment 360. Meanwhile, two groups of scientists at Cornell University are dueling over whether the climate impact of shale gas is bigger or smaller than coal’s, Associated Press […]

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When Texans head to the ballot box today, they will be asked to vote on a constitutional amendment that would give tax breaks to landowners who conserve water and preserve water quality, Associated Press reported. United States Energy company Exxon Mobil said that its response to the July oil spill into the Yellowstone River in […]

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Extreme levels of radiation have been detected in soil within 40 kilometers of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, Asahi Japan Watch reported, citing the country’s Science Ministry. China The Guardian’s Jonathan Watts ploughs through thousands of diplomatic cables and highlights what U.S. diplomats in China have reported about China’s fledgling environmental movement. […]

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As radiation in the water at the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant surged to potentially lethal levels, Bloomberg reports that Japan’s nuclear regulators and the operator of the plant dismissed warnings two years ago that a tsunami could overwhelm the facility’s defenses. Nuclear debate Meanwhile, The Economist continues the nuclear debate with an article that […]

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