Cuba’s worst drought in 50 years has depleted reservoirs by about 80 percent and forced the government to deliver water in Havana with trucks, UPI reports. The Cuban capital’s water supply infrastructure is in need of a major overhaul, as 70 percent its water pipes are leaking.
Several Democratic senators have urged the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to step up its regulation of the natural gas industry over concerns about the environmental impact of hydraulic fracking. The senators have identified varying requirements on drilling companies throughout the United States, as well as gaps in the information reported by different states.
Last week, Pennsylvania said it plans to increase testing for radioactive pollutants and other contaminants linked to the state’s booming shale gas and natural gas industry, The New York Times reported.
China’s Sinohydro plans to build seven dams along the Nam Ou River, one of the largest tributaries of the Mekong River, according to Vientiane Times.
, a Bulgaria native, is a Chicago-based reporter for Circle of Blue. She co-writes The Stream, a daily digest of international water news trends.
Interests: Europe, China, Environmental Policy, International Security.