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There are now more than 1 million Syrians either registered as refugees or being assisted as refugees, according to the United Nations Refugee Agency. The scale of the refugee crisis is putting increasing pressure on the housing, food and water resources of host countries and camps, and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees described Syria […]

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As water availability data starts coming in, this year’s water allocations and the potential consequences for irrigation, hydropower, wildfires, and flooding are being assessed — La Niña weather patterns have returned this year, but water supply conditions generally are not as extreme as they were 2011.

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Rise and Fall The bilateral commission charged with coordinating U.S. and Canadian policies on the Great Lakes released a draft plan for regulating water levels in Lake Ontario. The proposal will keep the lake closer to natural flow patterns: water levels during high and average conditions will be kept higher, and kept lower under low […]

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Afghanistan’s plans to build 12 dams on the Kabul River, and India’s support for the projects, has Pakistan up in arms. But according to researchers, the timing could not be better for a water treaty between Pakistan and Afghanistan. Texas Drought Amid a dire drought that is expected to continue into 2012, Texas has pumped […]

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Wind-generated electricity will cost the same as electricity from fossil fuels by 2016, according to a new study by Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Air pollution from aerosols like soot and dust can amplify droughts and floods, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported, citing a new study from the University of Maryland. The aerosols affect cloud formation, […]

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Nevada Water Pipeline The Bureau of Land Management has released a draft environmental impact statement for a proposed water pipeline from northern Nevada to the Las Vegas area. The Southern Nevada Water Authority plans to build the 285-mile pipeline if it can secure water rights and a right-of-way permission. The BLM is not involved in […]

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Kenya expects to start construction of a 300-megawatt Lake Turkana wind power project by the end of the year, Reuters reports. The project will earn government revenue from carbon credits on Kenya’s newly launched climate exchange platform. European Union The European Union plans to introduce water efficiency targets for member states and industries. The new […]

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Wind generating capacity in China has reached more than 42 GW—the most of any country.

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Clean alternatives help, but not nearly enough, to loosen energy-water choke point

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A gallery of images from Choke Point: China, a new water-energy series about the tightening noose that could choke off China’s modernization.

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Norway could use its hydropower reservoirs to balance wind energy in an integrated electrical grid.

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Video: The Future of Wind Power

Denmark has pioneered wind power for commercial use over the last three decades — today the European country produces almost half of the world’s wind turbines.

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A windmill may conjure fantasies of quaint Dutch pastoralism, but to some farmers in California they still serve a practical purpose.

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Alternative fuels can be water-intensive. That’s according to a new report by researchers from the University of Texas at Austin.

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Hundreds of thousands of wind turbines could someday stretch across the vast shorelines of the Great Lakes, promising clean renewable energy for the entire upper Midwest.

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