The Stream, January 13: Water Pollution Looms In Lake Titicaca

Growing urban populations, poor infrastructure and unenforced environmental regulations are contributing to the pollution of South America’s Lake Titicaca, the Guardian reported. The pollution threatens fishing and agriculture in the region.

Australians should expect to pay 15 percent more for home insurance as the country’s biggest insurer raises premiums to offset a 40-50 percent cut in profits due to last year’s floods, cyclones and fires, The Australian reported.

Water should be released from Thailand’s dam reservoirs in order to make room for new inflows and prevent catastrophic flooding during this year’s rainy season, experts urge, according to UPI.

Four counties in Southeast Florida recently approved a Climate Action Plan to protect the area’s water supplies and infrastructure from climate change, reported Yale Environment 360.

Pinpoint greenhouse gas emissions by state and facility with a new online tool released by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

World food prices dropped in December due to bumper crops, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations’ latest Food Price Index. The Index averaged 228 points in 2011, the highest since measurements began in 1990.

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