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The Global Rundown The first legally binding global climate deal was signed in Paris, setting a goal to keep global temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius. The deal could require $16.5 trillion in renewable energy and efficiency investments by 2030. Water quality monitoring and pollution prevention efforts along the Great Barrier Reef need significantly more […]

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The Global Rundown Uruguay is increasing and diversifying its renewable energy sources, making the country’s power supplies less susceptible to drought. Floods in Tamil Nadu shut down an oil refinery and forced thousands of people to evacuate. El Nino is bringing a boon of tuna to Kiribati, and while it could relieve California’s drought to […]

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The Global Rundown International climate negotiations that could lead to a binding global emissions deal kicked off today in Paris. Major countries pledged billions to fund research into renewable energy, much of which is being stored with pumped storage hydroelectricity. Governments in Brazil announced a lawsuit against the owners of the Samarco iron mine, which […]

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The Global Rundown More than 10 million children in Africa could face hunger, disease, and water shortages from El Nino, the United Nations said. China proposed a new, higher cap on annual water consumption, Chile reported that its copper mines will be getting as much as half of their water from desalination in 10 years, […]

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The Global Rundown Water experts say private sector involvement will be critical for meeting Australia’s water infrastructure needs, while infrastructure spending in the United States is slowing. A report found potential for Africa to generate nearly a quarter of its energy from renewable sources by 2030, and a water project to improve agriculture in Bangladesh […]

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Circle of Blue Senior Editor Keith Schneider discusses how new energy-efficient, water-conserving, land-protecting operating principles are slowly becoming priorities around the world.

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Cutting carbon emissions from power plants will lead to reductions in water use, water withdrawals, and mercury pollution in rivers and lakes.

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The Global Rundown A severe drought grips the Caribbean, and the death toll from a heat wave in Pakistan continues to rise. Australia could get most of its electricity from renewable sources by 2040, while a federal judge in the western United States stalled the implementation of new fracking regulations. Liquid water flowed on Mars […]

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The Global Rundown Glaciers in the tropical Andes have declined as much as 50 percent in the last 30 years, and China’s coal production dropped for the first time this century. The developing world is producing so much plastic that it could eventually outweigh all of the fish in the ocean, conservationists warn, while scientists […]

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The Global Rundown After some promising rainstorms to close out 2014, California has returned to dry weather. One of the state’s fiercest water wars, however, may be coming to an end. China says Beijing’s tap water is safe following the arrival of supplies from the South-North transfer project, and the China Development Bank is planning […]

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The Global Rundown Mumbai still faces extreme flood risks 10 years after a 2005 disaster, and a new report urges governments to do more to address extreme weather risk. Deteriorating water systems are contributing to disease in Syria. France must defend its Sivens dam project, while hydropower helped push Scotland’s renewable energy production to new […]

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A joint energy research program will be extended and expanded to include water.

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Climate Change Changing rainfall patterns and increasing temperatures could force a 40 percent increase in malnutrition in Sub-Saharan Africa by 2050, according to a new report by the Nairobi-based Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa, AlertNet reported. Almost 90 percent of small-scale farmers in the region rely on rainfall to grow crops to produce […]

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Africa Ethiopia decided not to accept financial help from Egypt for funding the Grand Renaissance dam on the Nile River, Reuters reported. The decision gives Ethiopia complete control over the controversial hydropower project, which Egypt has opposed due to concerns about water availability downstream. Seismic testing for oil is slated to begin April 26 in […]

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Gold mining operations in South Africa have left rivers and soil near Johannesburg with elevated levels of uranium, raising concerns about the long-term health effects for approximately 400,000 residents in the area, Bloomberg News reported. Water samples taken from rivers west of the city showed uranium levels that could reach 4,000 times natural levels, and […]

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Water Projects A 2-year federal government study assessing the feasibility of agricultural expansion in northern Australia found that up to 50,000 hectares of crops could be irrigated with water from the Flinders and Gilbert rivers and their tributaries, the Australian reported. The report findings have been challenged by environmental organizations that warn diverting water from […]

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Hydropower In an effort to move toward cleaner renewable energy, China is turning to huge hydropower projects and is currently adding 15 gigawatts of capacity each year, the Guardian reported. While the projects may cut coal’s share of energy production, they could also cause the displacement of thousands of people and alter river environments. Egypt, […]

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Water Storage A company in the United Kingdom is looking to use old mine quarries as basins for water pumping stations that could act as batteries storing renewable energy, Bloomberg News reported. Water pumped uphill from one basin to another by solar and wind power could later be released downhill to provide energy. Dam reservoirs […]

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A Little Clarity After years of talk, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released six amendments to the water quality standards that guide how the Clean Water Act is implemented. The amendments do not set numeric water quality targets; they deal with definitions and procedures, such as how to set designated uses for water bodies, […]

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“Five hundred times higher than safe levels is not protective of public health,” said Avinash Kar, an attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council, in review of a proposal for a drinking water standard in California, Los Angeles Times reported. The carcinogen hexavalent chromium standard, which will be the first of its kind in the […]

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