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The Global Rundown Floods linked to the El Nino weather pattern struck South America over the weekend and are expected to hit northern England this week, while a project in Pakistan has constructed defenses against floods from glacial lakes. The United Nations estimated that nearly 90 million people will need humanitarian aid globally next year, […]

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Though not mentioned in the final agreement, water nonetheless firmly staked a spot in the global climate agenda

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Countries see climate adaptation as a water problem

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Supporting deals focus on low-carbon energy, natural resource protection, and disaster risk reduction.

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Opportunity to shift from coal to cleaner energy is real and needed.

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Better management, research, and funding is needed

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The Global Rundown Water utilities in the United Kingdom are owed more than ever before, with outstanding charges reaching more than $US 3 billion. Mexico’s state oil company announced plans to jointly invest millions in water storage and treatment projects, and a U.S. federal judge ordered a part-owner of the oil well involved in the […]

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Momentum for a deal is strong.

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The Global Rundown The number of natural disasters occurring each year has increased, according to a new report from the United Nations. Floods could put thousands at risk in Ethiopia, while China is pursuing a project to guard its cities against flooding. Newly installed sensors aim to protect Paris’ water supply from a terrorist attack. […]

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Australia, which suffered the severe consequences of a deep drought that ended in 2012, made big investments in coal production and export infrastructure. The question is, will that investment have substantial value over the 35-year design life of the facilities? Here, a coal loading terminal near Sydney.

U.S. Congress on an island of reflexive denial.

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The Global Rundown More than 30 countries, including the United States, agreed to dramatically scale back financing for overseas coal-fired power plants ahead of the Paris climate change negotiations. A United Nations board urged the organization to create a scientific body focused on water. Flood risks are growing in Chennai, India, while a drought in […]

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The Global Rundown The production of oil used by the United States relies heavily on freshwater supplies in other countries, a new study found. El Nino will continue to strengthen through the end of the year, according to the World Meteorological Organization. Floods in India and Sri Lanka turned deadly, and the drought in South […]

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It remains unclear how the success of an ambitious goal to improve water efficiency and reduce water scarcity will be measured.

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The Global Rundown Natural disasters in the Asia-Pacific region accounted for nearly half of the world total in the past decade, highlighting the need to invest in measures to protect against future disasters and climate change, according to a United Nations report. Thailand urged farmers not to plant rice this season due to a drought […]

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Sarina Prabasi is the CEO of WaterAid America, part of the international organization WaterAid working to improve access to safe water, sanitation, and hygiene. She talks with Circle of Blue about the Sustainable Development subgoal to achieve universal and equitable sanitation access.

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Elynn Walter is the sustainability director at WASH Advocates, a Washington, D.C.-based initiative that aims to increase awareness of the global water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) challenge and solutions, and to increase the amount and effectiveness of resources devoted to those solutions throughout the developing world. She talks with Circle of Blue about the Sustainable Development subgoal to achieve universal drinking water access.

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Circle of Blue Senior Editor Keith Schneider puts an eventful week into a global perspective.

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The Global Rundown A large sum of federal money aimed at improving drinking water systems in the United States has not been spent. The United Nations adopted a new set of global goals to improve human and environmental well-being. The United Kingdom said it will pledge billions to help developing countries address climate change. Floods […]

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For the first time, international leaders meeting in New York City this weekend will consider a dedicated goal for water.

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Mark Giordano is the director of the Program in Science, Technology and International Affairs at Georgetown University. He researches natural resources management and has written extensively about water management in developing countries. He talks with Circle of Blue about the Sustainable Development subgoal to implement integrated water resources management.

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