Breaking Water News
- In South Africa, garbage and high levels of bacteria are contaminating the country’s rivers, and environmental activists are struggling to hold government officials accountable.
- In the Middle East, Israel and Jordan have signed an agreement extending their long record of water cooperation.
In China, yet another province has been hit by major flooding. This time the damage is in Shanxi, a province west of Beijing that is China’s largest coal producer.
In the United States, flooding is also a threat, and a new study has identified major infrastructure systems that are vulnerable to rising waters.
Daily Summary of Global Water News
- New data reveals West Virginians will disproportionately suffer from flooding as climate change worsens.
- A recent analysis shows the impact of agricultural runoff on S. waterways.
- Iraq will cut its crop planting area in half this year due to drought.
- Michigan’s State Senate is investigating the governor’s handling of a lead water crisis in Benton Harbor.
An aging canal system along the U.S.-Mexico border could significantly increase water shortages in the region in the coming decades.
Weekly Digest of U.S. Water Policy and Trends.
- Federal agencies warn water utilities about the risks of cyberattacks.
- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decides that an odd-looking Colorado River fish is no longer endangered.
- USDA distributes $272 million in grants and low-interest loans for rural water and sewer systems.
- The EPA releases a report on monitoring wastewater for SARS-CoV-2.
- Senators urge the EPA to strengthen guidance for industrial discharge of PFAS chemicals.
And lastly, congressional hearings this week on PFAS chemicals, rural economies, Colorado River drought, and the upcoming UN climate conference.
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I am happy that this meeting is taking place, for it represents yet another stage in the joint commitment of various institutions to raising consciousness about the need to protect water as a treasure belonging to everyone, mindful too of its cultural and religious significance.