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Water Supply

The Global Rundown Yemen is suffering an acute water crisis as fighting continues in the country, while violence in South Sudan is also taking a toll on drinking water supplies. Pakistan will spend millions to boost Karachi’s water supply, Zambia is asking mining companies to reduce their electricity usage amid a hydropower shortage, and 16 […]

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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 A massive heat wave in water-starved southwest Pakistan has killed hundreds of people and threatens thousands more. Meanwhile, in Nevada, the Lake Mead reservoir reached record low levels, and the Western Governors’ Drought Forum released a roadmap for further drought action. A binational committee proposed new targets for phosphorus reduction in Lake […]

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The Global Rundown A severe drought grips the Caribbean, and the death toll from a heat wave in Pakistan continues to rise. Australia could get most of its electricity from renewable sources by 2040, while a federal judge in the western United States stalled the implementation of new fracking regulations. Liquid water flowed on Mars […]

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The Global Rundown Floods in the U.S. Plains have helped lift a drought in the region, and wet weather is here to stay. Atlanta, Georgia is greatly expanding its emergency water supply, Nairobi, Kenya, is experimenting with water ATMs, and Florida environmental groups are suing the state over conservation budgets. A Canada-based water company recalled […]

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The Global Rundown Power outages left residents of Karachi, Pakistan, without water and air-conditioning during a searing heat wave over the weekend, while fuel shortages threatened hospital water supplies in war-torn Syria. The Earth could be entering a sixth great extinction event due to human activity, scientists found. Food companies operating in India struggle to […]

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Hydro Resources drilling a well near Sublette, Kansas.

Scientists do not know how much groundwater is left.

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The Global Rundown The United States Environmental Protection Agency has determined that fracking does not pose an overall threat to drinking water. Georgia will spend a lot of money testing out three new water supply projects. In India, the government is trying to help farmers through a deficient rainy season. “We did not find evidence that […]

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Infographic: CA Water Withdrawals

A breakdown of where California’s water is used most, from fracking and Nestle’s bottling plant to almonds and lawns.

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Debate demonstrates the power of water in the drying American West.

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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 Changing patterns of extreme weather are a threat to China’s major infrastructure projects, according to the country’s top meteorologist. Colorado invests millions in agricultural water efficiency, Detroit studies ways to help residents pay their water bills, and Utah auditors urge the state to improve water data. Singapore kicks off a project to […]

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irrigation gate in Coachella Valley

A vortex of attention swirls around industrial activity that does not consume much water.

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The Global Rundown California’s two largest city’s will need to cut water use by 16 percent, according to the new plan. Families are fleeing parts of Iraq due to fighting and shortages of food and water, while Honduras is the most dangerous country for environmental activists. Ho Chi Minh City is losing more than a […]

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State and local water administrators face supply emergency that is tightening.

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California Governor Jerry Brown April 1 Snow Survey 2015

Abysmal snowpack ‘obliterates’ record; cities told to conserve 25 percent.

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Senior editor Keith Schneider wonders if maybe a spokesperson and Xbox games are needed.

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Savannah container terminal is a modern maritime showcase; Savannah River gets dirtier.

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Circle of Blue reports on groundwater supplies and pollution from California and Texas to India and the Middle East.

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The Global Rundown Scientists linked widespread deforestation to potential drops in monsoon rains across Southeast Asia. California residents backpedaled on water conservation in January, while the state closed 12 oil injection wells this month to prevent groundwater pollution. Israel will increase yearly water supplies to Gaza, the world will meet this month to discuss disaster […]

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