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Less salty than the sea, brackish water is poised for wider use in Texas

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In the perpetual search for water supplies, a salty upstart will be in the spotlight

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The Global Rundown Erratic monsoon patterns brought on by climate change are the biggest threat to India’s economy, a government finance minister said. South Africa declared disaster areas in two of its nine provinces due to drought, and California fined four water utilities for failing to meet state water conservation requirements. Insurance companies in Australia […]

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The Global Rundown Heatwaves in Middle East cities, including Abu Dhabi and Dubai, are on track to become unbearably hot for humans by the end of the century if climate change continues, scientists found. Communities in the Philippines are struggling to recover from Typhoon Koppu’s floods, while floods in Texas linked to Hurricane Patricia could […]

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The Global Rundown A drought in Ethiopia is putting millions of people at risk of hunger, according to aid organizations, while extreme rainfall over the weekend triggered flash floods in Texas. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency could have prevented a spill of toxic wastewater from a Colorado mine, a new report found, and earthquakes in […]

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The Global Rundown Frackers in Texas are turning to treated sewage as a way to supply water for their operations. A study has officially linked the California drought to climate change. The Navajo Nation has received water of questionable quality from the EPA. “I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. I couldn’t believe the EPA’s […]

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Houston is the big winner in first round of state financing for new water infrastructure fund.

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The Global Rundown Accelerated snowmelt is causing floods and landslides that claim lives and destroy villages in Tajikstan. Protests by the Nutashkuan Innu have forced the Quebec government to negotiate over a large hydroelectric dam project that could cause ecological damage. European researchers have determined the role of 12 African rivers in contributing to greenhouse […]

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The Global Rundown Polluted rivers have given Des Moines a record run of water treatment, and a new study underlines that when it comes to climate, what happens in the North Atlantic can affect what happens in the tropics. A beer production plant in Georgia is currently canning water for needy Texas and Oklahoma flood […]

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As urban water use declines, utilities change business models.

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The Global Rundown Bangladesh is getting a big jolt of money to green up its textile industry. The United States has seen hundreds of cases of antibiotic-resistant diarrhea since last May. A Texas state court of appeals has sided with ‘first-in-line’ water rights. “If it’s something that’s for the public, the public can pay for […]

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The Global Rundown Rainfall and rising lake levels near Dallas, Texas have caused officials to consider easing of water restrictions, and China‘s new environmental law has hit a couple of state-run refineries with fines. Antarctic ice shelves are melting rapidly, and farmers in India will soon be able to access satellite crop data via their […]

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Competition for water prompts a quest for new sources.

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The Rundown A new reservoir is planned for northern Texas. Georgia seeks to dismiss Florida’s Supreme Court lawsuit while the Bureau of Land Management failed in its attempt at a lawsuit dismissal. Study looks at 10-year agriculture forecasts. Budget hearings continue in the Senate. By the Numbers 54,000: hatchery-born Chinook salmon that will be released […]

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Droughts that are extreme by today’s standards will be normal by the end of the century, according to NASA research.

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The Global Rundown A lack of safe water and sanitation is deadlier in Nigeria than terrorist group Boko Haram, a nonprofit group found, and a deadly mosquito-spread encephalitis is increasingly common in northern India due to changing rainfall and temperatures. The United Kingdom’s Environmental Audit Committee recommended a moratorium on fracking, while a spill of […]

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The Global Rundown Climate change is leaving your Christmas snow alone for now – it’s coming first for your early spring flurries. It’s also coming for food and water security in the Middle East, prompting Arab cities to take green building quite seriously. A water price agreement is proving contentious for Dallas, Texas, and a […]

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The Rundown The EPA’s watchdog sniffs at landfill monitoring. The Obama administration ponders the viability of small satellites while a large satellite sends back images of the world’s oeans. The Senate Environment Committee will think about innovation in wastewater treatment. The Bureau of Reclamation invests in water research. Quote: By the Numbers $US 9.2 million: […]

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America’s seventh-largest city debates a pipeline project worth billions as the second-fastest-growing state faces more demands for water in its third year of severe drought.

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By the end of the month, Brazil’s national water regulator hopes to finalize proposed water restrictions in two states hit by the region’s worst-ever drought. BN Americas reports that industries in rural areas of Sao Paulo and Minas Gerais states will see water deliveries reduced by 30 percent in addition to daily water cuts for […]

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