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Water Scarcity
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After a year of deep droughts, worsening pollution, rising sea levels, and floods, water was finally recognized as perilous to nations and the international economy.

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Bankruptcies, project shutdowns, regulation, and emission limits curb enthusiasm for fossil fuels.

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Countries see climate adaptation as a water problem

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The Global Rundown Droughts in Ethiopia and Zimbabwe are putting pressure on hydropower production, while extreme droughts in southern Africa could put development gains at risk. Meanwhile, heavy rains have flooded Chennai, India. An airstrike in Aleppo, Syria, last week cut off water supplies to millions of people. The tailings dam disaster at an iron […]

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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 Current water systems in Bangalore will not be sufficient to supply the city by 2021, according to a new report. A drought in Papua New Guinea shut down another mine, while a drought in Mexico drastically reduced water levels in a reservoir and revealed a 16th-century church. A typhoon in the Philippines […]

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The Global Rundown A strong El Nino event in the coming months could leave millions of people in the Pacific region short of food and water, according to the United Nations and aid organizations. A drought in Tanzania is forcing the country to close all of its hydropower plants, and wildfires continue to burn across […]

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The Global Rundown Water scarcity is a growing concern in England, where climate change and population growth are putting pressure on rivers. Meteorologists expect southern Australia to get drier this month as an El Nino progresses, and rice farmers in Pakistan are experimenting with ways to conserve water. The leader of Canada’s Liberal Party promised […]

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The Global Rundown Zimbabwe has asked mines operating in the country to cut their electricity use by a quarter as hydropower shortages continue. Alaska granted water rights to a group of citizens seeking to protect salmon from a proposed coal mine, while a jury awarded more than $1 million to a woman in Ohio who […]

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The Global Rundown Water experts say private sector involvement will be critical for meeting Australia’s water infrastructure needs, while infrastructure spending in the United States is slowing. A report found potential for Africa to generate nearly a quarter of its energy from renewable sources by 2030, and a water project to improve agriculture in Bangladesh […]

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Strategies must bridge political jurisdictions and reflect local water conditions.

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The Global Rundown Glaciers worldwide are melting much more quickly than they did in the past century, scientists found. Myanmar appealed for international flood aid, an Australian court revoked approval for a proposed coal mine, and Oklahoma passed new rules to limit underground injections of oil and gas wastewater. Rural communities face water shortages in […]

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The Global Rundown Communities in Zambia have filed an international lawsuit against a mining company due to drinking water pollution, while a different company announced it will lay off workers at one of the country’s copper mines due to hydropower shortages. Monsoon floods could pollute a world heritage site in Vietnam, Pakistan may soon be […]

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The Global Rundown Illegal gold mining in Zimbabwe is contaminating drinking water supplies, while children in Syria are at increasing risk from waterborne diseases. Fuel shortages in Yemen could turn deadly, aid agency Oxfam warned. Thailand’s government will loan billions to help farmers cope with drought. “There are no jobs and children are not going […]

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The Global Rundown Extreme rainfall events are happening much more frequently due to warming global temperatures, scientists found. Drought threatens to cut rice production in Thailand and North Korea. A trial for an oral cholera vaccine was successful in Bangladesh. Oregon’s governor is planning ahead for worsening drought conditions. “From a political perspective, a prolonged […]

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In Peru’s capital city, vulnerable communities pay a premium for water as poor infrastructure, population growth, and climate change pressure supplies.

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The Global Rundown China said it will not permit coal-to-gas conversion plants in areas with insufficient water supplies. A cholera outbreak continues to claim lives in South Sudan, and malnutrition threatens children in Nepal. Zambia plans to cut power supplies to mines next week. A federal appeals court sided with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency […]

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The Global Rundown Tanzania plans to protect its electricity generation by barring other water users from diverting supplies at two hydropower sites. Iraq’s southern marshes are drying out again as Islamic State militants alter the flow of the Euphrates River. The Panama Canal’s newly expanded locks were filled earlier this month, flash floods and landslides […]

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The Global Rundown Water played a large role in the Vatican’s encyclical about climate change, in which the Pope warned against the control of water by corporations and businesses, as well as the hazards of water contamination. The Vatican’s fears are being realized around the world, as Colombia faces a water shortage due to drought […]

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