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Water Scarcity Farming communities in northern Chile are concerned about the effect of new, large-scale mining projects on the region’s scarce water supplies, the Santiago Times reported. Though investments by the mining companies have led to improved irrigation infrastructure, distrust remains in these communities. Water flows in West Africa’s Volta River Basin could decline 24 […]

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Despite growing protests to protect the environment and drinking water quality, British Prime Minister David Cameron is pushing for more fracking, promising compensation to communities and lower gas prices, The Guardian reported. “If you look at what’s happening in America with the advent of shale gas and fracking, their energy costs in business and their gas […]

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Marine Life A decade long, $US 60 million project will dismantle the Veazie Dam on Maine’s Penobscot River, to the relief of conservationists, government officials, and anglers alike, The New York Times reported. Dams on the river and pollution from paper mills have reduced the number of river herring running upriver from as many as […]

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United States The Department of Energy now says that contrary to a claim made earlier this year, chemicals from hydraulic fracturing in Pennsylvania did not contaminate drinking water aquifers, Bloomberg News reported. The conclusion comes from a National Energy Technology Laboratory study conducted in Pittsburg, the first ever where a drilling company has allowed government […]

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A theme of food and water waste reduction, especially in agriculture, characterizes a large number of speeches and events as World Water Week in Stockholm continues, according to Environmental News Service. Hurricane Isaac is not on track to hydrate drought-stricken areas in the Midwest, contrary to many farmers’ hopes. Instead, it may saturate and ruin […]

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Though the High Park fire is 100 percent contained, its effects are just beginning. Circle of Blue reporter Brett Walton speaks with the experts and the water enthusiasts in the aftermath.

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Push-back on the transportation of tar sands equipment through a wilderness corridor reflects civic resistance to North American fossil fuel boom.

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Wild rice on the Bad River Reservation in northern Wisconsin is in the floating leaf stage by early June, with a single shoot lying on the water’s surface. This is considered one of the most critical—and and dangerous—stages in the rice’s life cycle. The plants are just beginning to change physiologically from exchanging gases with the water column to exchanging gases with the air. Therefore, they are very susceptible to heavy rains and flooding events that can either rip out the young plants by the roots, or drown them. June 6, 2011.

For generations, the upper Great Lakes region has boasted harvests of wild rice, growing in Lake Superior and other watersheds within the basin. But disease, dams, and climate change are now endangering the uncultivated bounty.

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The African country reaches out to its Nile Basin neighbor.

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Severe weather impacts could compromise tea farming for two of the world’s biggest players in the industry.

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American Rivers’ annual tally of threatened rivers highlights effects of drilling for natural gas.

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Among the losers of the great twentieth century urbanization were the rivers and streams in cities around the world, soon to be sharing their space with millions of new people.

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More than 40 years ago, Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez founded in prose the fictional village of Macondo along the shores of a river of clear water

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The air in Ethiopia may catch fire, as plans for a new hydroelectric dam on the Omo River spark tensions in a region with long-lasting conflicts over scarce water.

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BAINBRIDGE, Georgia – U.S. Rep. Allen Boyd (D-Fla) and Florida Sens. Bill Nelson and Mel Martinez are seeking a National Academy of Sciences study of the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin to help resolve the nearly three-decade battle between Florida, Alabama and Georgia over how the rivers and reservoirs are used and managed.

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SACRAMENTO — The Chinook salmon that swim upstream in the Sacramento River to spawn in the fall have disappeared. The almost complete collapse of the richest and most dependable source of Chinook salmon south of Alaska has left fisheries experts struggling for reliable explanations — and coming up dry. Read more here. source: The New […]

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