The Global Rundown
The U.S. Supreme Court sides with Florida in an ongoing water-sharing battle with Georgia. Pakistan plants millions of trees to help combat deforestation caused by river depletion and heavy logging. Warmer waters dramatically cut Alaska’s annual salmon harvest. A new lawsuit claims that the Flint water crisis was especially detrimental for jail inmates. Local residents fight to stop the expansion of a coal plant in Bali, Indonesia, which they claim has dirtied air the area’s water and air.
“My catch is totally different to what it was before the power plant began operating.” –Iputu Gede Astawa, a Balinese fisherman, in reference to the impact of the Celukan Bawang power plant, which opened in 2015. Residents claim that the plant has devastated the local fish population, polluted air and water, and damaged crops. As a result, three residents, along with Greenpeace, are taking legal action against a proposed expansion of the plant. Reuters
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By The Numbers
300 million Number of trees planted in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in recent years as part of the government’s “Billion Tree Tsunami” project. Forest preservation allowed another 730 million trees to grow, bringing the total number of trees to over 1 billion. The project was initiated after river depletion and logging wiped out large amounts of the country’s forests. Al Jazeera
32,000 Total commercial harvest of this year’s Copper River salmon run in Alaska, compared to pre-season predictions of 1.2 million and an annual average of 1.4 million. Biologists are attributing the massive shortfall to above-average water temperatures. Reuters
Science, Studies, And Reports
A new federal lawsuit alleges that the Flint water crisis was especially harmful to prisoners in the city’s Genesee County Jail. The suit, which was filed on behalf of more than 90 former inmates, claims that the prisoners were forced to drink Flint’s lead-tainted tap water even after officials became aware of the contamination. The Detroit Free Press
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On The Radar
In a narrow ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court sided with Florida in an ongoing water-sharing dispute between Florida and Georgia over the Chattahoochee and Flint rivers. Florida argues that limiting Georgia’s use of these rivers will allow more water to flow to the downstream Apalachicola River, and ultimately the Gulf of Mexico. A special master appointed to hear the lawsuit recommended that the court side with Georgia in the matter, but the court instead ruled that further review of Florida’s argument was needed. The New York Times
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