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Water Access North America, Middle East, Africa Two experts from the United Nations found that water shutoffs to Detroit residents unable to pay their water bills are a violation of human rights, the U.N. News Centre reported. The experts visited the city over the weekend, where as many as 3,000 water customers are being disconnected […]

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Mexico Two weeks after approximately 37,800 cubic meters of sulfuric acid spilled into Mexico’s Bacanuchi River from a copper mine, 88 schools have delayed the start of the academic year because of contaminated water, United Press International reported. The country’s National Water Commission said that toxicity levels in the water are declining, and could be […]

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Australia’s federal environment minister will no longer need to evaluate the ecological implications of large development projects for the Murray-Darling River’s floodplains, wetlands and groundwater, the Guardian reported. The federal government’s lower house voted to remove the ecosystem from a list of threatened environments, a status that some members said created unnecessary red tape. Dams […]

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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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Africa Libya, Chad, Sudan and Egypt have agreed to work together to manage and share the water in the Nubian Aquifer, an ancient water source than runs beneath the four countries, AllAfrica reported. The agreement is meant to improve transboundary water cooperation, protect water quality and biodiversity, and prevent conflict. Colorado Water Quality Concerns Recent […]

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Floods More than 26,000 hectares of farmland were covered by floodwaters and 300 households were evacuated Monday in China’s northeast Heilongjiang province, Xinhua reported in this photo slideshow. The flooding is the worst the region has seen in a century. Flooding in Sudan during the past month has also displaced families, with more than 530,000 […]

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Drought Relief Farm fields across the Midwestern United States were quenched this week as heavy rainstorms over the central part of the country continued to relieve one of the worst droughts in U.S. history, Reuters reported. Grain prices, which were pushed up to record highs last summer due to the drought-damaged U.S. corn crop, could […]

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Ethiopia is building a dam that will give the country control over the Nile River’s primary water source. The dam has far-reaching consequences for Ethiopia, Sudan, Egypt, and the millions of people who depend on the river, The Ohio State University’s Andrew Carlson reported, and raises questions about who owns the river. Shifting Scarcity in […]

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California The first measure of Sierra Nevada snowpack in 2013 showed promising signs for California’s water supply, with hydraulic fracturing in the Monterey shale may be in California’s future, according to this column posted by Reuters. The state government took the first steps toward expanded fracking by publishing draft rules for the practice on December […]

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Myanmar’s forests, river systems, and the wildlife they support may face challenges as the country becomes more democratic and open to foreign investment, Yale Environment 360 reports. Early moves suggest the government is taking care to protect the environment, but conservationists worry that a “Wild West” scenario could unfold. Africa Rice crops in western Kenya […]

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Traditional cooking techniques in Darfur can be dangerous for women and for the babies tied to their backs. But Andrée Sosler is working to change all that. As the executive director of Potential Energy, a California-based organization that markets high-efficiency stoves to Sudanese women who would otherwise use firewood, Sosler is offering a way to […]

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aid organizations are warning of a possible famine in Sudan, despite the government’s promise to allow food aid into conflict zones, according to AlertNet. Those who flee face severe water shortages in South Sudan’s refugee camps. A photo story from the Guardian shows how law banning mining and drilling on glaciers, Reuters reported. increasing the […]

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Uruguay has signed a contract with U.S. company Schuepbach Energy to begin exploration for oil and gas in the north and centre of the country, MercoPress reported. Though China has spent billions of yuan trying to clean Lake Tai, where decades of pollution have brought ecosystems to the brink, acute problems persist, Guangzhou Daily reported. […]

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The Japanese government plans to open a robot-run super farm in the tsunami-hit Miyagi prefecture, Wired UK reported. The so-called “Dream Project” will feature unmanned tractors and robotic farmers, and will channel back the carbon dioxide produced by the machinery to crops to boost their growth. Canada’s natural resources minister accused opponents of a project […]

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Houston’s ailing pipeline system lost more than 18 billion gallons of water during the height of last year’s Texas drought, Houston Chronicle reported. There are no clear studies on the environmental impacts of Sudan’s multi-billion dollar Merowe Dam on the Nile River, Inter Press Service reported. Scientific American explains the environmental toll of meat consumption. […]

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California’s Aral Sea? The vanishing Salton Sea figures large in a court battle over how Southern California gets its water, with huge costs for human health, ecological health and agricultural production, Associated Press reported. And check out again Brent Stirton’s images from the Imperial Valley and the Coachella Valley in California. Shale gas exploration in […]

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The European Commission will give Pakistan additional $8.96 million for emergency relief efforts in the flood-stricken Sindh Province, the South Asian News Agency reported. A second successive year of flooding is affecting more than 5.4 million people in Pakistan and has so far displaced more than 1.8 million. More and more regions around the world […]

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After financing about $9.3 billion of hydropower in Africa, China is now heavily investing in other renewable technologies on the continent, according to Bloomberg and International Rivers. Meanwhile, Grist reported that hefty loans from the Chinese Development Bank are helping Chinese solar companies push U.S. solar firms out of the market. How did China come […]

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Climate change became a hot-button issue at a recent U.N. Security Council meeting.

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The water recycling system deployed to clean the tainted water in Japan’s damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant was halted for repairs after a brief run on Monday, the Associated Press reported. The contaminated water could overflow by early July if the recycling system fails or other storage options are not enough. Despite the growing anti-nuclear […]

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