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The Global Rundown In the water-scarce Middle East, at least 40 percent of treated sewage effluent ends up in the sea instead of recycled, but that’s not stopping Coca Cola: there are now plans for the first ever Coke factory in the Gaza Strip. Meanwhile, drought isn’t stopping California’s tomato farmers. Hydropower reservoirs may be […]

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Sao-Paulo’s-Water-Waiting-Game

Desire to protect the poor left Brazil’s driest city few options other than new pipes and prayers for rain.

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A drought in Malaysia has drawn down reservoir levels in the state of Selangor, putting water supplies in “critical condition” and forcing water rationing near the nation’s capital, Bloomberg News reported. Extended drought conditions could have negative consequences for oil palm plantations in the region, but the current dry spell began in early February. South […]

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Bottled Water With sales of bottled water in China expected to reach $US 16 billion by 2017, some economists worry that government involvement in the industry may encourage lower safety standards as local authorities compete to attract investment, Business Insider reported. China recently announced reforms aimed at cleaning up its food and water supplies. An […]

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Average levels of global carbon dioxide reached another record high in 2012, according to results published Wednesday by the United Nations World Meteorological Organization, the Guardian reported. Climate change driven by rising CO2 levels is expected to create more frequent and severe droughts and storms around the world. United States Texas will now be able […]

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Conservation A new coal plant planned by Bangladesh and India could harm the ecologically sensitive Sundarbans—the world’s largest mangrove forest, Yale Environment 360 reported. While Bangladesh’s government argues that the plant will generate much needed electricity, conservations worry that the vast amounts of water it would withdraw and release could destroy the mangroves and the […]

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French utility Suez Environnement will charge residents in Dunkirk, France different rates for water based on their income and level of usage, Bloomberg News reported. The French government is also pursuing legislation to make essential utilities like water, natural gas and power more affordable for low-income families. Downpours and floods have forced evacuations and impeded […]

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Despite assurances from Laos that work on its controversial Xayaburi dam on the Mekong River would halt pending further impact studies, the Thai developer building the dam said yesterday that construction has continued, Reuters reported. A drought affecting 11 provinces in Cambodia has damaged 4,811 hectares (11,888 acres) of rice seedlings and threatens 101,365 hectares […]

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Middle East Israel’s government plans totransfer water from the Red Sea to the Dead Sea, where water levels are dropping more than one meter (3.3 feet) each year. China The average per capita 236.5 millimeters (9.3 inches) of rain to one town, Xinhua reported. North America Canada Wednesday announced new selling city tap water that […]

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A new poll from Gallup asked people in 140 countries how satisfied they were with their air and water quality. The results, which you can find here, show that those in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are least satisfied with their water. Engineers have unveiled a way to clean water without using filters that […]

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Irrigators in Texas and New Mexico are unhappy with a decision by the International Boundary and Water Commission to release reservoir water to Mexico, the Associated Press reported. The U.S. farmers wanted to delay the annual water release in order to cope with drought later in the growing season, but Mexican farmers, who are dealing […]

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Water management trails climate change on companies’ agenda, despite significant near-term risk and opportunity, according to the Carbon Disclosure Project’s (CDP) Water Disclosure global report. Two percent of the global gross domestic product (GDP) should be invested in 10 industries — including water, agriculture and energy — to start making the global economy more sustainable, […]

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Texas Drought

With nearly 65 percent of Texas experiencing exceptional drought, water is becoming increasingly precious—and scarce—in a state that has to divide the resource between the growing appetites of farmers, city residents, and energy corporations.

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Does Scotland’s clean energy transition hold fresh water?

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One week after Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a state-wide drought emergency for California, rangers reported Sierra snowpack levels at 80 percent of normal.

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HONOLULU — After a proliferation of electricity outages, the Hawaiian island of Oahu needs to limit its water usage, say officials at the Board of Water Supply. Oahu depends on electric pumps to keep its reservoirs full. During the outages, residents have been withdrawing the resource and water wagons have delivered emergency stock to hospitals. […]

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Predicted seasonal power cuts will force the reliance on coal and oil as alternatives to hydropower.

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MADRID – Spain is reeling from its most severe drought in 70 years with the nation’s reservoirs on average just half full, the Environment Ministry reports.

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DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES — Construction has begun in Dubai on what will become the world’s largest pre-stressed concrete drinking water reservoirs to help meet escalating demand brought on by multi-billion dollar property projects. The three giant rectangular reservoirs, each with a capacity of 60 million imperial gallons, are being constructed in the Mushrif area […]

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ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA — Adelaide is at risk of relying solely on rain to fill depleting reservoirs amid warnings the city’s water supply situation is at its most critical. The State Government yesterday confirmed Adelaide has only 47 days’ supply – about 24 gigalitres – to pump from the River Murray from a 201-gigalitre “critical human […]

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