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Hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in Pennsylvania could put water supplies at risk, according to a new study published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The drought and heat in the major maize and soybean producing regions of the United States could drive up world food prices in the coming months, […]

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Australian state and federal water ministers have agreed for new modeling to be done on returning more environmental flows to the ailing Murray-Darling river system, ABC Radio Australia reported. As Circle of Blue has reported previously, the process to adopt new water use regulations for the basin has pitted states against states and environmentalists against […]

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Maryland is sitting atop an aquifer containing water that is a million years old, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) found, according to USA Today. Water levels in the deep aquifer have been declining as water managers abandon younger, shallower aquifers due to saltwater intrusion. India’s Jindal Power plans to invest $7.7 billion in hydropower […]

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The Czech Republic plans to set a two-year moratorium on granting licences for shale gas exploration, pending new legislation that will address the new gas extraction technique, Reuters reported. Almost half of the water companies in the United Kingdom will not be required to reduce their leakages before 2015, even though the country is in […]

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Water Pollution Hydraulic fracturing for shale gas should take place at least 600 meters down from aquifers used for water supplies, according to a new study published in the journal Marine and Petroleum Geology, the Press Association reported. Heavy municipal and industrial pollution in a river in the Indonesian province of West Java is threatening […]

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Iran Water Transfer

Circle of Blue reporter Codi Yeager’s thoughts on water transfer projects around the world.

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What are “social-environmental” conflicts? Why are mining projects triggering mass protests in Argentina and Peru? Le Monde reports on the gold rush for South America’s mineral resources and the local response. Agriculture Water pollution from pesticides and fertilizers used in agriculture is costing billions of dollars a year in developed countries and will become worse […]

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Ice coverage on the Great Lakes decreased 71 percent between 1973 and 2010, EarthSky reported, citing a study from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) published in the Journal of Climate. The lakes currently have only a 12 percent ice cover, less than a third of the ice cover present at this time last […]

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Canada won’t renew its commitments to the Kyoto Protocol after it expires in 2012, The Globe and Mail reported, citing Canada’s environment minister. Peru’s president gave the military and police extraordinary powers to put an end to 11 days of environmental protests against a $4.8 billion gold mine project in the country, Reuters reported. While […]

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Adding pressure to already strained budgets, the price of food is expected to remain high and quite volatile on the heels of this year’s extreme floods and droughts. Though price increases are occurring globally, they are hitting hardest in the developing world.

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Developing the United Kingdom’s shale gas reserves is incompatible with the country’s climate change goals, according to a new study from the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research in Manchester. The carbon cost of developing just 20 percent of U.K.’s proven shale reserves would offset about 15 percent of the government’s greenhouse gas emissions budget […]

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A new method of hydraulic fracturing utilizes reusable liquid propane gas instead of water to release underground natural gas deposits, the Sydney Morning Herald reported. The technology, which is being developed in Canada, could have dramatic implications for water use in the burgeoning natural gas industry. United States Climate-related natural disasters have incurred $14 billion […]

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The United Nations has declared a sixth famine zone in Somalia, the Guardian reported. About 4 million Somalis – more than half of the population – are now in crisis in the drought-stricken country, and 750,000 people are at risk of death in the next four months if there is no adequate response, according to […]

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KAMPALA, Uganda — Amidst a hungry hoard of giant Marabou storks, a lone reporter picks through a pile of trash. He finds there a collection of synthetic clothing from Britain, clothing environmentalists say disrupts and pollutes the city’s groundwater supply.

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Beaches in England greet swimmers with water not as clean as two years ago. Since 2006, the percentage of safe water bodies has decreased from 99 to 97 percent.

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Consumers in Wales may soon enjoy paying a flat rate for their fluid.

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LONDON – A note set to mature in 2014 now encourages investors to make a profit from water. As consumption habits change, companies hope to reap the yields in economies worldwide, announces Reuters.

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LONDON – Water companies are braced for a backlash this week when the main listed groups report annual profit figures expected to top £1bn, with a sizeable proportion of that figure gushing to shareholders in the form of dividends.

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LONDON — It made for great headlines, but the fact that the UK version of Coca-Cola’s Dasani brand bottled water comes out of the London public supply should hardly have come as a surprise. Figures from independent beverage research company Canadean show that at least two out of every five bottles of water sold around […]

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LONDON — The British government will be taking it from the tap starting this summer. Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s government will phase out bottled water in all of its departments.

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