Entries by Codi Kozacek

The Stream, August 7: A Year After Olympics, Rio de Janeiro Water Quality Still Struggles

The Global Rundown Water pollution in the rivers and bays of Rio de Janeiro remains a stubborn problem a year after Brazil hosted the Olympic Games. Researchers in Europe warn, by the end of the century, thousands of people could die each year from extreme weather linked to climate change. Confusion over pictures showing water […]

The Stream, August 4: Scientists Link Groundwater Depletion To Disappearing Great Plains Streams

The Global Rundown Declining groundwater levels in the U.S. Great Plains are contributing to the loss of streams and fish communities, researchers found. Oil pollution in the streams and rivers of Peru’s Amazon could cost $1 billion to clean. A new atlas details drought conditions in the Caribbean over the past 60 years. In an […]

The Stream, August 3: Uneven India Monsoon Brings Droughts and Floods

The Global Rundown Levels of monsoon rainfall have ranged widely across India this season, causing droughts in some regions and floods in others. New research suggests that dangerous heat waves, made worse by the humidity from monsoon rains, could afflict three-quarters of the South Asia population by the end of the century. Nearly half of […]

The Stream, August 2: Flint Water Contamination Caused By Lack of Corrosion Control, Study Confirms

The Global Rundown A study examining the causes of lead contamination in Flint, Michigan supports claims that corrosion control measures could have prevented a public health crisis. Voluntary measures to address the nutrient pollution that causes algal blooms and dead zones in the Great Lakes and the Gulf of Mexico are not working, according to […]

The Stream, August 1: Study Links Climate Change To Farmer Suicides in India

The Global Rundown A new study links thousands of farmer suicides in India to changes in temperature and rainfall. India’s prime minister said climate change has contributed to floods and other natural disasters. There is little chance the world will limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius, researchers found. Scientists also warned that the loss […]

The Stream, July 31: Pakistan Faces Major Water Quality Challenge in Sindh

The Global Rundown The majority of water sources in Karachi, Pakistan are unfit for drinking, a report found. Australia will conduct an independent review of state compliance with the Murray-Darling Basin Plan. A last-minute deal allowed Rome to avoid water rationing amid a severe drought. Floods in Sri Lanka have contributed to a major outbreak […]

The Stream, July 28: Netherlands Looks To Wastewater For Novel Products

The Global Rundown A pilot project will harvest cellulose from wastewater in the Netherlands, turning it into building materials. Officials in India’s Assam state are proposing to build a highway along the Brahmaputra River to control flooding. Forecasters expect the monsoon, which has brought widespread flooding to northern India, will weaken slightly next month. Actions […]

The Stream, July 27: Detroit Water Shutoffs Creating Public Health Crisis, Expert Panel Says

The Global Rundown Medical experts warn that water shutoffs in Detroit are creating a public health crisis. In neighboring Flint, Michigan, the state is preparing to close more than half of the free water distribution points as the city’s lead levels remain below federal safety standards. The drought in Somalia may deepen until October, and […]

The Stream, July 26: Global Infrastructure Spending Not Enough To Meet SDGs, Report Finds

The Global Rundown The world will need to increase its rate of infrastructure investment to meet goals set for water, sanitation, and electricity access by 2040, according to a new report. Australia is investigating nearly 100 sites that may have been contaminated with PFAS chemicals. The cholera outbreak in Yemen appears to be turning a […]

The Stream, July 25: Investigation Questions Australia’s Implementation, Commitment to Murray-Darling Basin Plan

The Global Rundown An investigative report has raised flags about Australia’s efforts to restore the Murray-Darling River Basin. New climate modeling suggests Australia will likely see more intense droughts linked to extreme El Nino events, even if global warming is curbed. Monsoon rains caused flooding that displaced thousands of people in Myanmar, while rains in […]

The Stream, July 24: Drought May Force Rome To Ration Water

The Global Rundown Rome may begin rationing water as early as Wednesday amid a severe drought. Rising sea levels in Florida could displace more than a million people by the end of the century, scientists found. Flooding in Japan forced thousands of people to evacuate over the weekend. Saudi Arabia may be preparing to sell […]

The Stream, July 21: Mexico Tests Insurance For Environmental Resources

The Global Rundown An insurance scheme to protect coral reefs in Mexico could become a new model for preserving natural resources around the world. Researchers in Australia warn that changing storm patterns due to climate change will increase the risk of coastal flooding and damage. Argentina has started work on a major infrastructure project to […]