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The Global Rundown Mumbai still faces extreme flood risks 10 years after a 2005 disaster, and a new report urges governments to do more to address extreme weather risk. Deteriorating water systems are contributing to disease in Syria. France must defend its Sivens dam project, while hydropower helped push Scotland’s renewable energy production to new […]

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Water Governance Argentina plans to cut subsidies for natural gas and water by 20 percent this year, The Wall Street Journal reported. The cuts, which exempt some industrial and residential users, are meant to save as much as $US 1.6 billion to fund utility costs and social programs. A draft law in Spain could require […]

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Agriculture Huge soybean farms in Brazil’s Mato Grosso state are very efficient at keeping nutrient pollutants like phosphorus out of nearby waterways, but it is unclear if the more intensive form of farming will slow down deforestation in the Amazon, according to an editorial published in The New York Times. Brown University professor Stephen Porder […]

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The Himalayan glaciers that feed the Indus and Ganges rivers have the potential to lose half their volume by 2100 due to climate change, according to a new study published in Nature Geoscience, AFP reported. The ice loss, however, is not expected to reduce water availability for South Asia in the current century. United Kingdom […]

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Water rates will be slowly but steadily rising in the United States, and water utilities across the nation are likely to issue more debt to renew and expand their pipelines, Reuters reported, citing a panel of experts at a forum in Las Vegas. Water shortages could also become worse in the coming years, even in […]

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Patagonia Chile’s supreme court has rejected seven appeals filed against a project that plans to build five large dams in Patagonia, the Guardian reported. The controversial project could generate up to 20 percent of Chile’s electricity demand in 2020 but is opposed by green groups concerned about its potential environmental damage. Asia India and Pakistan […]

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More than 90 percent of Italians rejected Silvio Berlusconi-era legislation on nuclear power, water privatization and trial immunity for government ministers in a national referendum that registered a 57 percent turnout, Deutsche Welle reports. Following the poll results, the shares of Italian renewable energy companies rose on Monday, while the shares in Italian utilities with […]

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