Entries by Jane Johnston

The Stream, September 14, 2022: How China’s Drought May Give Us a Glimpse Into the Future

In China, drought shut down factories and disrupted international supply chains.

The Stream, September 7, 2022: Study Reveals the Impact of Texas Oil and Gas Industry on Water Supply

As Texas tries to find alternative water sources amid drought, the oil and gas industry is producing nearly half of New York City’s yearly water consumption.

The Stream, August 31, 2022: Worst Monsoon Season in Recent History Continues to Wreak Havoc in Pakistan

Heavy rains flood large swaths of Pakistan amid political instability and soaring food prices.

Living in a ‘Critical State’: The Price of a South African Town’s Dirty Water

In Winberg, residents have to boil their water or risk falling ill. 

The Stream, August 24, 2022: China Issues Drought Alert Amid Record High Heat and Declining Water Supplies

China issues its first drought alert of the year as rivers run dry across the country.

What’s Up With Water — August 23, 2022

This week’s episode of What’s Up With Water covers a potential catastrophic winter storm in California and new research that revealed what may be causing high case numbers of pediatric cancer in Pennsylvania. Plus, Circle of Blue breaks down the latest water cuts in the Colorado River basin.

The Stream, August 17, 2022: Drought May Worsen Across England, Bringing More Water Restrictions

Drought could worsen in parts of England this winter if rain fails to fall.

The Stream, August 10, 2022: Toxic Metals Discovered In India’s Groundwater

YOUR GLOBAL RUNDOWN A major desalination plant in London will not open if England declares a drought emergency.  Government data reveals groundwater contamination across India. Officials in Bangladesh draft a plan to replenish drying aquifers in the capital city of Dhaka. Piped water is on the way to an immigrant community in Southern Texas after […]

The Stream, July 27, 2022: Greenland Heatwave Spurs Massive Ice Melting Event

YOUR GLOBAL RUNDOWN High temperatures in Greenland melt millions of tons of ice in just three days. Flash floods in Iran kill nearly two dozen. U.K. officials urge residents to cut water use voluntarily as a drought declaration looms. In many U.S. cities, local officials ask residents to pay for lead pipe replacement on private […]

The Stream, July 20, 2022: Flooding Spurs Climate Anxiety, Disease and Death in the World’s Most Vulnerable Communities

YOUR GLOBAL RUNDOWN Constant flooding in Australia is taking a toll on residents’ mental health. Also in Australia, a new report reveals severe environmental deterioration over the last five years. Flash floods in China leaves at least a dozen dead and displaces thousands. Officials in the Indian state of Telangana prepare for a surge in […]

The Stream, July 13 2022: Florida Judge Strikes Down “Rights to Nature” Amendment Two Years After Voters Overwhelmingly Pass Initiative

YOUR GLOBAL RUNDOWN California’s Department of Water Resources says that while a barrier in the Sacramento San Joaquin Delta is protecting drinking water supplies, it may be harming wildlife. A new report out of Australia reveals that a massive horticulture project overstated its economic benefits and could threaten water supplies and Indigenous communities. Monsoon rains […]

The Stream, July 6, 2022: Which Western States Are On the Hook for Cutting Water Use?

YOUR GLOBAL RUNDOWN Colorado’s top water official weighs in the responsibility lower Colorado River Basin states have in cutting water use. A new study links childhood diarrheal disease with drought exposure in low-and-middle-income countries. India’s major reservoirs sit at critically low levels even as monsoon rains pummel parts of the country. Officials ask residents in […]