YOUR GLOBAL RUNDOWN
- Missouri’s governor proposes a new office to prepare the state for droughts and floods.
- California officials will release 15 percent of requested water supplies to districts after winter storms last month.
- Demonstrators protest sewage dumps in the River Thames in the United Kingdom after a late warning resulted in swimmers wading through raw sewage last month.
- Experts say British Columbia should be proactively investing in climate adaptation measures within the province’s agricultural sector.
Tamil Nadu’s chief minister oversees road restoration after an active monsoon season.
“Since (the chief minister) is directly inspecting road works, officials are taking this very seriously and there is no room for any substandard work or irregularities.” – Sekar Babu, minister for Hindu religious and charitable endowments department. After an active monsoon season, Tamil Nadu’s Chief Minister M.K. Stalin will personally oversee the infrastructure restoration in Chennai. More than 1,000 roads are being reconstructed after Chennai experienced heavy rains and flooding last November. Stalin, who served as mayor of Chennai between 1996 and 2002, vowed to fix Chennai’s chronic flooding issues, and has been seen visiting construction sites to ensure proper measures are being taken before next monsoon season.
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Missouri Governor Proposes ‘Hydrology Information Center’ To Prepare For Future Floods and Droughts
Missouri Gov. Mike Parson has proposed setting up a $10.4-million office to protect the state from future floods and droughts. The center would help the state shift “from a reactive to a proactive response” to flood protection and improve the current system of measuring stream depth. The governor released the plan as part of his proposed 2022 budget.
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California officials announced last week that water districts will receive 15 percent of requested supplies for 2022 after wet winter storms replenished state storage. Last month, the state said for the first time it would supply none of the requested water aside from what was needed for necessities like drinking and bathing.
More than 200 people protested the release of raw sewage into the River Thames this week in Oxford, England. The protest comes after Thames Water, a U.K. water utility, sent a late warning on Christmas Day, resulting in swimmers wading through raw sewage.
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Experts say more urgent investment in climate adaptation measures for British Columbia’s agricultural sector are needed to prevent future disasters. Extreme weather in British Columbia over the past year, like prolonged heatwaves and extensive flooding have underscored the importance of strengthening the sector’s resilience to climate change.
Jane is a Communications Associate for Circle of Blue. She writes The Stream and has covered domestic and international water issues for Circle of Blue. She is a recent graduate of Grand Valley State University, where she studied Multimedia Journalism and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. During her time at Grand Valley, she was the host of the Community Service Learning Center podcast Be the Change. Currently based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Jane enjoys listening to music, reading and spending time outdoors.