radioactive water

Leaks of contaminated water from Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, which was damaged by an earthquake and tsunami three years ago, are still the biggest problem facing the site’s cleanup, the Associated Press reported. Without improved water management that can keep the leaks out of the soil, groundwater and ocean, residents who evacuated the […]

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Water Scarcity Food security in the Near East and North Africa region will be strained as the availability of fresh water could decline 50 percent by 2050 and the regional population continues to grow, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the UN News Centre reported. The UN has formed […]

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Water Contamination Water pollution caused by natural gas and oil drilling operations may be more common than advertised, with cases confirmed in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and West Virginia, according to an Associated Press review of complaints submitted to the states. The review also found that the states varied greatly in the way they reported possible […]

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Countries in eastern Africa, the Middle East, and Asia are most at risk of war due to a lack of cooperation over transboundary water resources, according to a report from the Mumbai-based Strategic Foresight Group. The report also argues that countries involved in meaningful cooperation over water resources are less likely to experience conflicts over […]

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Water Management Climate change will likely make rainfall more erratic and will necessitate new water management solutions in the Volta River Basin of West Africa, according to a new study from the International Water Management Institute, AlertNet reported. Important goals for water management in the basin include building and improving irrigation capacity, as well as […]

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Water Disputes China is once again eying the Nu River (Salween River) for dam development, which could cost 60,000 people their homes, Reuters reported, citing government officials. The river is part of a UNESCO protected area due to the region’s high level of biodiversity. India and Bangladesh remain embroiled in a dispute over the sharing […]

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Asia Twelve tons of radioactive water leaked from a pipeline and may have reached the sea at Japan’s damaged Fukushima nuclear plant, Tokyo Electric Power Co. said, Bloomberg News reported. The site has suffered repeated leaks, and 100,000 tons of wastewater are still being stored in basements. The World Bank is handing over $US 8 […]

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Just how much natural gas is there in the United States? A recent report by the U.S. Energy Information Administration has sharply decreased previous estimates. The New York Times looks at the potential scenarios for the energy industry. The European Union has adequate legislation on shale gas exploration, according to a study commissioned by the […]

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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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The United States Environmental Protection Agency linked hydraulic fracturing to groundwater pollution for the first time Thursday after finding chemicals used in fracking in a Wyoming aquifer, Bloomberg News reported. Some companies that use fracking to extract underground natural gas deposits dispute that the drilling method was the source of the contamination. Farmers in California […]

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Canada won’t renew its commitments to the Kyoto Protocol after it expires in 2012, The Globe and Mail reported, citing Canada’s environment minister. Peru’s president gave the military and police extraordinary powers to put an end to 11 days of environmental protests against a $4.8 billion gold mine project in the country, Reuters reported. While […]

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USGS groundwater water pollution contamination 2011 report arsenic manganese radon uranium

Utilities are required by law to treat water to national standards, but no such controls exist for private wells, where the risk from contaminants is greater.

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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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The world should brace itself for high food prices and volatility in commodity markets, according to a new report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization. Deserts are encroaching into Inner Mongolia’s grasslands. Take a look at this photo essay on the Guardian documenting the desertification in […]

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Major American universities are using endowment funds to buy or lease vast areas of African farmland in deals, some of which may force people off their land, the Guardian reports. About 370 water tanks will be sent to Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant to hold more than 40,000 tons of radioactive water, AFP reports. Workers […]

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Radioactive water rising in Japan’s damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant could start overflowing from service trenches within days and leak into the sea, Bloomberg reports. With scarce coal and water resources, Tianjin — China’s third biggest city — is bracing for electricity shortfalls that could reach 1.5 gigawatts this summer, Reuters reports. France’s record spring […]

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Some of Patagonia’s glaciers are melting up to 100 times faster than at any time in the last 350 years, according to a study by Aberystwyth University. The findings have worrying implications for crop irrigation and water supplies globally. Meanwhile, the European Space Agency has measured record loss of ozone over Arctic that might be […]

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