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More than half of the country’s lakes and rivers are not meeting water quality standards.

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With exceptions like California and Australia, regions and cities shape resilient adaptations to water security.

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The Global Rundown Heavy rainfall has caused a large sewage spill on one of Hawaii’s most famous beaches. A new analysis predicts water stress by country in 2040. Coca Cola will meet its goal of replacing a large portion of the water it uses for production five years early. “All I can do is apologize to […]

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Second largest U.S. city confronts new era of water scarcity with innovations on a new scale.

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Seminal water law does not address nation’s emerging water pollution challenges.

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The Global Rundown In Tanzania, the government is confronting the energy food nexus by declaring hydropower plants as protected areas, thus preventing farmers from using the water resources for irrigation. In California, the San Joaquin River Valley is sinking at an increased speed thanks to groundwater depletion. Flooding in Myanmar has left tens of thousands […]

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The Global Rundown Forecast water levels in Lake Mead mean that states that depend on the reservoir should avoid water cuts next year. Cuba placed its civil defense on alert due to drought, a drought in Alberta prompted officials to restrict water withdrawals from the Athabasca River, and low water levels in Lake Kariba will […]

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The Global Rundown Olympic sailors in Rio de Janeiro are being extra careful not to contract waterborne diseases. A water-cleaning book has been successfully tested in South Africa, Ghana and Bangladesh. River stretches in New Mexico have been reopened for use after a toxic chemical spill earlier in the month. “We are taking appropriate supplements […]

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The Global Rundown A plume of toxic mine waste spilled on the Animas River in Colorado last week has reached Lake Powell. A group of distillers are looking more closely at how water affects the taste of their spirits. The leading presidential candidate in Argentina has cut short a trip abroad after flooding in the […]

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Climate change models have long predicted a drying West. In California, the future has arrived.

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Agencies are going after polluters with smaller staffs and less money.

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The Global Rundown The drought in Puerto Rico is so severe that the territory is cutting school days in some areas and asking the U.S. Department of Defense for relief. President Obama signed the Drinking Water Protection Act, which seeks to safeguard human health from algal toxins in places like the Great Lakes. The U.S. […]

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The Global Rundown Aid agencies asked for greater access to deliver water and other supplies to war-torn Yemen, and Burkina Faso also asked for aid in the aftermath of severe flooding near its capital. Water rationing is not equal in Puerto Rico, activists said, while the territory’s water authority offered to sell bonds to improve […]

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The Global Rundown Flooding from Typhoon Soudelor contaminated drinking water for millions of people in Taiwan. Communities in Palestine struggled with water shortages, a heatwave and dry conditions forced Poland to cut power supplies, and officials banned fishing in a national park in the United States due to drought. Conservationists raised concerns about tigers living […]

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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 In Bangladesh, a canal is being dredged to remove pollution from a major source of fresh water, despite claims it will not solve the root causes of water pollution. A study from a university in Canada explores the tradeoffs between water demand and food security in urban agriculture. Chile is expecting rain […]

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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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Circle of Blue reporter Codi Kozacek summarizes the major steps taken to reduce toxic algae blooms in Lake Erie.

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The Global Rundown The United Nations unveiled a new set of Sustainable Development Goals to address world problems like hunger, poverty, and water management, and the United States released a new plan to cut climate change pollution. California registered a large “rain debt”, while monsoon rains in India caused deadly floods and landslides. Oil pollution […]

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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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