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The Global Rundown Emissions of methane, a greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change, could increase more than 50 percent from northern freshwater lakes by the end of the century, researchers found. A small glacier in Colorado could disappear in 20 years, and a rule to protect U.S. streams from coal mining may be defeated […]

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The Global Rundown Groundwater contaminated with unsafe levels of uranium poses a growing risk to communities in places like California’s Central Valley, while the United Nations warned that mining companies and government officials in Brazil are not doing enough to restore safe water after the Samarco mine disaster. Floods turned deadly in the Democratic Republic […]

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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 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 The billionaire who is backing the Nicaragua Canal lost billions of dollars over the summer, prompting some experts to doubt the project’s viability. Zimbabwe announced plans to curb electricity shortages by turning to solar power. Researchers called on countries in water-scarce regions to improve cooperation around water management. Investigators did not find […]

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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 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 Zambia and Zimbabwe are struggling with power cuts as water shortages hinder hydropower production. Himalayan glaciers could retreat dramatically by the end of the century, and environmental organizers say Chile’s water privatization is hurting rural communities. President Obama approved a new Clean Water Rule for the United States, researchers found that methadone […]

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The Global Rundown Brazil’s severe drought is spreading throughout the country’s largest metropolitan regions, including Rio de Janeiro. Widespread floods in Africa have left thousands in need of food and water aid, while water scarcity in Gaza has led to a growing number of potentially unsafe desalination plants. Japan will miss its deadline to clean […]

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The Global Rundown Ethiopia is flexing its hydropower muscles, causing downstream disgruntlement for its neighbors to both the north and south. Another African country on a dam planning spree is Zimbabwe; more water storage is needed to cope with recent flood-and-drought rainfall cycles. Vietnam is looking at ways to save water when growing rice, one […]

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Water Pricing Africa Residents of Harare, Zimbabwe, must now pay taxes on private water supplies, Bloomberg News reported. The government, while unable to meet the water needs of residents through a public supply, is still collecting much needed revenue from taxes paid on water deliveries from private companies.  Water Technology Middle East, North America, South […]

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Africa A national plan to increase Morocco’s water resources by 5 billion cubic meters by 2030 will cost the country $US 27 billion, a price it is hoping to cover primarily with investments from the private sector, Bloomberg News reported. The investment is designed to maintain current per capita water availability as the country’s population […]

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Israeli air strikes have damaged vital water and sewage infrastructure in Gaza, according to aid agencies, compounding problems stemming from fuel shortages that have led to 90 million liters of untreated wastewater being released in the Mediterranean each day, Reuters reported. The International Committee of the Red Cross warned Tuesday that Gaza’s population will likely […]

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Water Scarcity Political instability and conflict between countries could develop as a result of water scarcity and competing water demands in major river basins like the Nile and the Tigris-Euphrates, according to the president of the World Water Council, Bloomberg News reported. Development of the Grand Renaissance Dam in the Nile basin and crop irrigation […]

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Average water flows in Mongolia’s Tuul River have been declining, dropping to 10 cubic meters per second between 1996 and 2012 compared to its historical average of 25 cubic meters per second, The Diplomat reported, citing government meteorological data. The river is important for recharging aquifers that supply water to Mongolia’s capital, Ulan Bator, raising […]

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Drought As California endures a drought that could be the worst in 500 years, federal politicians are wrangling over how best to allocate available water supplies, the San Jose Mercury News reported. You can see Circle of Blue’s reporting on California’s drought and water pollution here. Severe droughts are also threatening water supplies for communities […]

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Water Supply Tropical forests act like sponges that trap water during storms, making them critical to protecting surrounding areas from excessive runoff and flooding, say scientists from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Phys.org reported. By looking at changes in land use in Panama, the researchers found that tropical forests are much more efficient at trapping […]

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Health and Sanitation Waterborne diseases caused by water supplies contaminated with sewage are a major threat to public health in Zimbabwe’s capital Harare, according to a new report from Human Rights Watch. The city’s crumbling water and sanitation infrastructure means that many residents are forced to defecate outside, while aging city sewage pipes have burst […]

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Ethiopia is building a dam that will give the country control over the Nile River’s primary water source. The dam has far-reaching consequences for Ethiopia, Sudan, Egypt, and the millions of people who depend on the river, The Ohio State University’s Andrew Carlson reported, and raises questions about who owns the river. Shifting Scarcity in […]

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Americas Water levels on Lake Michigan and Lake Huron have reached their lowest point since record keeping began in 1918, surpassing the previous record low set in 1964, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. While warm, dry weather has drawn lake levels down, dredging of the St. Clair River has also contributed to a long-term decline […]

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