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Water Shortages

The Global Rundown Forecasters predict record temperatures will hit Johannesburg later this week, and a heatwave across South Africa is expected to place further stress on diminishing water supplies. Meanwhile, southern England could experience water restrictions later this year despite extensive winter flooding in the North, and Indonesia is preparing for floods from a possible […]

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The Global Rundown Extensive flooding occurred in Missouri, killing more than a dozen people. High water levels on a number of major rivers in the Midwest United States could cause trouble for industrial areas in the South, while insurance companies are expecting to pay billions of dollars for flood damages in Britain. Egypt, Ethiopia, and […]

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South Africa Wall

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

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The Global Rundown The agency that regulates water utilities in the United Kingdom is asking water companies to consider more water trading to improve efficiency. Jamaica’s water infrastructure is failing, leading to shortages and affecting the island’s productivity. Erosion and rising sea levels pose risks to homes and businesses from Chesapeake Bay to the coast […]

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The Global Rundown Melting snowpack in regions around the world, including California’s Central Valley and the Rio Grande basin, is expected to significantly increase the risk of declining water supplies by 2060, according to a new study. A drought in Ethiopia requires hundreds of millions of dollars in humanitarian aid, but the country’s government does […]

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The Global Rundown El Nino is now one of the three strongest on record after water temperatures in areas of the Pacific Ocean reached their highest level in six months. The weather phenomenon is exacerbating dry, hot conditions in Johannesburg, South Africa, which recorded its hottest day ever this week. Government and business leaders met […]

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The Global Rundown More than 10 million children in Africa could face hunger, disease, and water shortages from El Nino, the United Nations said. China proposed a new, higher cap on annual water consumption, Chile reported that its copper mines will be getting as much as half of their water from desalination in 10 years, […]

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El Nino Droughts Take Toll in Africa Asia and the Pacific

Millions of people from Australia to Ethiopia are facing water shortages, failed harvests, and food insecurity.

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The Global Rundown Communities in Mexico City are expanding rainwater harvesting efforts to manage floods and water shortages. The Dalai Lama called on the world to protect Tibet’s glaciers from climate change, and New York City and Jerusalem created a new partnership to protect city water supplies from cyber attacks. Researchers in Vermont found that […]

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The Global Rundown Poor water quality and access are forcing residents to leave Aleppo, Syria, amid the country’s civil war, while tensions over water are high along the border of Afghanistan and Iran. The U.S. EPA says test results show emergency water delivered to Navajo farmers this summer was safe for irrigation and livestock. The […]

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The Global Rundown New Zealand plans to close its coal-fired power plants and transition almost entirely to renewable energy sources. Acid mine drainage is a persistent pollution problem in the western United States, and protesters in Brazil continue to pressure Rio de Janeiro to clean up its Olympic waters. Turkey completed the undersea portion of […]

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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 Monsoon rains are performing well in most of India. A major copper mine in Papua New Guinea is closing temporarily because of low river levels, while copper mines in Zambia are experiencing electricity shortages due to insufficient hydropower supplies. Oregon ordered state agencies to cut water consumption, scientists in Toledo, Ohio, monitored […]

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The Global Rundown For at least one month this year, natural gas produced more electricity in the United States than coal. Fighting in eastern Ukraine has damaged water infrastructure, causing shortages. New technology could reduce the water used to extract Canada’s oil sands. Flooding along the Illinois River shut down shipping traffic, and U.S. business […]

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The Global Rundown In Australia, researchers are calling for a water conservation plan in the Outback, where hydraulic fracturing will begin in the coming years. The second most water-stressed state in Mexico is pursuing shale oil development, despite already scarce water resources. A copper and nickel mine in Minnesota is one step closer to creation […]

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MidEastConflict01

Water is both a weapon and a casualty of violence in Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, and Yemen.

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The Global Rundown California approved mandatory water cuts, hundreds of cities in Iran face water shortages, and major cities in the United States could be at risk of drought-induced water stress. Conflicts over water and land resources intensified in Kenya. Turkey plans to send water to Cyprus by the end of July. “It is better […]

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The Global Rundown Abandoned tailings ponds are a threat to the environment and public health in Chile, nongovernmental organizations say. North Carolina found contaminated groundwater near Duke Energy coal ash dumps, a majority of states in the U.S. expect to see water shortages in the future, and Detroit is increasing financial aid to help residents […]

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Water Access North America, Middle East, Africa Two experts from the United Nations found that water shutoffs to Detroit residents unable to pay their water bills are a violation of human rights, the U.N. News Centre reported. The experts visited the city over the weekend, where as many as 3,000 water customers are being disconnected […]

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Water Supply A new program will allow residents of Angola’s capital, Luanda, to use their mobile phones to locate community water taps that sell water much cheaper than private vendors, Bloomberg News reported. The city is the fastest growing in sub-Saharan Africa, but many of its residents lack access to a piped water supply within […]

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