The Stream, July 25: An Atlas of World Water Risk

An interactive tool developed by the World Resources Institute (WRI) aims to provide companies and investors with information about water risks around the globe, giving in-depth detail about economically important river basins.

Investors are calling water the ‘new gold’ for the 21st century, banking on scarcer supplies and an exploding global population to drive demand, MarketWatch reported.

North America
The Premier of British Columbia has said that the environmental risk of the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline, which would carry crude tar sand oil across Canada to be sold to Asia, is greater than its economic benefits, according to The Globe and Mail.

The Guardian looks at the political and social debates surrounding Alaska’s proposed Pebble Mine, which could pollute one of the last pristine wild salmon fisheries in the world.

A Mexican town is fighting the operation of a gold and silver mine, owned by billionaire Carlos Slim’s Minera Frisco company, which some fear could pollute rivers that provide the town’s drinking water, The Times of India reported.

High water levels on the Yangtze River pushed a record 70,000 cubic meters of water per second through the Three Gorges Dam Tuesday, prompting China’s State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters to issue an emergency warning, Bloomberg News reported.

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