tsunami

Leaks of contaminated water from Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, which was damaged by an earthquake and tsunami three years ago, are still the biggest problem facing the site’s cleanup, the Associated Press reported. Without improved water management that can keep the leaks out of the soil, groundwater and ocean, residents who evacuated the […]

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Water Disputes China is once again eying the Nu River (Salween River) for dam development, which could cost 60,000 people their homes, Reuters reported, citing government officials. The river is part of a UNESCO protected area due to the region’s high level of biodiversity. India and Bangladesh remain embroiled in a dispute over the sharing […]

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Americas Water levels on Lake Michigan and Lake Huron have reached their lowest point since record keeping began in 1918, surpassing the previous record low set in 1964, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. While warm, dry weather has drawn lake levels down, dredging of the St. Clair River has also contributed to a long-term decline […]

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A 7.3-magnitude earthquake hit off the coast of Japan near the site of the Fukushima disaster, creating a 1-meter (3.2 feet) tsunami, Reuters reported. Neither the quake nor the tsunami caused much damage. In this Guardian blog, George Monbiot questions the United Kingdom’s trial policy of biodiversity offsetting, which allows developers to destroy habitat for […]

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A year after the devastating tsunami in Japan, communities in the affected regions are slowly repairing their towns. On the one-year anniversary of the disaster, the Guardian features a series of montages that press agencies have created by combining pictures taken during or just after the tsunami hit with images taken up to a year […]

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Water Law The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by five U.S. states seeking an order requiring that additional steps be taken to keep invasive Asian carp out of the Great Lakes, Reuters reported. Poland has not yet complied with EU legislation on water protection, including the monitoring of water quality, the European Commission […]

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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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The U.S. State Department’s decision to postpone its verdict on the proposed Keystone XL pipeline until after next year’s presidential election may doom the project and accelerate Canada’s efforts to ship crude to Asia, Business Week reported, citing Canada’s finance minister. Two degrees of disaster: The New Yorker’s Elizabeth Kolbert comments on the latest IEA […]

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When Texans head to the ballot box today, they will be asked to vote on a constitutional amendment that would give tax breaks to landowners who conserve water and preserve water quality, Associated Press reported. United States Energy company Exxon Mobil said that its response to the July oil spill into the Yellowstone River in […]

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The world faces a wide range of serious, complex, and long-term water challenges, from shortages to contamination to local and regional disputes over water to long-term climate changes. But there are other challenges that are short-term, emergency situations that could also be addressed by some new thinking and new technology.

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As radiation in the water at the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant surged to potentially lethal levels, Bloomberg reports that Japan’s nuclear regulators and the operator of the plant dismissed warnings two years ago that a tsunami could overwhelm the facility’s defenses. Nuclear debate Meanwhile, The Economist continues the nuclear debate with an article that […]

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Japan Disaster Water Supply

Myriad obstacles, from roads to snow to a nuclear crisis, hamstring rescue and recovery missions.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture predicts that the 2010-11 global wheat production, at 645 million tons, will fall below consumption, forecast at 655 million tons, forcing the world to tap into its 177 million ton inventories. UPI argues that there will be more drought, rising food prices and more food crises in store for the […]

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An earthquake of 8.9. magnitude has hit Japan, triggering devastating tsunami that has swept over the northern part of the country and sent out tsunami alerts in coastal areas throughout the Pacific. Reuters draws parallels between Egypt and Syria, where a water crisis has parched farmlands and plunged 800,000 people into extreme poverty. What else […]

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