Food prices for staple crops such as maize will more than double by 2030, and the world will enter a permanent food crisis, charity Oxfam warns in a new report that also calls for European countries to abandon subsidies and higher production targets for biofuels.
Shanghai is facing the longest dry spell in 138 years and will witness unusually high temperatures over the coming summer months, according to a Shanghai Municipal Meteorological Bureau report.
The drought in central and eastern China is a jarring reminder that China relies on increasingly strained water resources for its growing population and rapidly increasing hydropower schemes, according to Reuters.
Meanwhile, Global Times reports that China loses a total of 6 billion cubic meters of tap water a year through leaky pipes.
The company behind the Blackpool shale gas testing site in northwestern England has suspended drilling following a 1.5 magnitude tremor, the BBC reports.
, 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.