The Stream, November 3: IPCC Report Urges Climate Change Action Now

The  Global Rundown

The Global Rundown

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is urging the world to take action now. Climate change is being linked to floods and water scarcity in Pakistan, sinking cities in Southeast Asia, and pushing back progress on waterborne diseases in China. A lack of clean water and sanitation is threatening babies in Tanzania, while arsenic contamination is leading to heart problems in the United States. South Africa needs to spend billions to avoid a water crisis, and Ireland is protesting water charges. El Salvador communities say water-intensive industries are taking their water, and oil companies in Iraq are looking for their own water supplies.

“Continued emission of greenhouse gases will cause further warming and long-lasting changes in all components of the climate system, increasing the likelihood of severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts for people and ecosystems.”—Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in a new report released Sunday. (The New York Times)

By the Numbers

By The Numbers

100 Protests staged across Ireland to oppose new water charges. BBC

$26 billion Amount South Africa needs to spend on water in the next 5 years to avert a crisis. News24

44 percent Population in Tanzania with access to safe water and adequate sanitation, where lack of clean water has taken a toll on newborns. The Telegraph


Science, Studies, And Reports

Increasingly intense rains and floods in Pakistan are exacerbating water scarcity by preventing groundwater recharge, scientists at the Pakistan Meteorological Department found. Reuters

Rising sea levels and subsiding land due to groundwater extraction are combining to sink coastal communities in places like Thailand, India and Indonesia, according to a study published in Environmental Research Letters. NBC News

Climate change could push back China’s progress on fighting waterborne diseases by seven years, largely due to warmer water temperatures, according to a study published in Nature Climate Change. Think Progress

Arsenic contamination in private water wells in the United States is linked to heart problems like heart attacks and strokes, scientists at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found. The New York Times

On the Radar

On The Radar

Communities in El Salvador located near a number of large, water-intensive industries are facing water scarcity, despite living atop one of the country’s largest aquifers. Guardian

Oil companies in Iraq are looking to build their own, independent water supply systems to sustain reservoir pressures. Platts

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