Entries by Jane Johnston

The Stream, December 1, 2021: New Testing Rule In U.S. Could Impact 90 Percent of Water Systems Relying on Lead Service Lines

YOUR GLOBAL RUNDOWN Uganda is cracking down on illegal filling of wetlands. Great Lakes surface water levels are unusually high after warm summer and fall nights. Namibian officials say farmers lost nearly 100,000 cattle over the last two years due to drought. U.S. officials consider more rigorous methods for lead in drinking water testing. An […]

The Stream, November 30, 2021: Why Ag Operators Don’t Trust Recycled Water

YOUR GLOBAL RUNDOWN Recycling water technology could help U.S. agriculture operations use less of the resource. Snowpack in western Colorado mountain ranges are dangerously low, threatening runoff in the spring. Iranian security forces crack down on water shortage protesters. The Biden administration recommends raising costs for oil and gas companies to drill on public lands […]

The Stream, November 24, 2021: Industrial Fisheries Are Costing Millions of Africans Their Jobs

YOUR GLOBAL RUNDOWN The U.S. Supreme Court denies claims that Tennessee is taking Mississippi water from a shared aquifer. Industrial fisheries ran by international corporations are threatening the livelihoods of millions of Africans. One of Britain’s largest water utilities announces it will meet water quality targets in nine years. Bamboo could protect Ugandans from floods. […]

The Stream, November 23, 2021: U.S. Officials Turn To Decades-Old Technology To Mitigate Water Crisis

YOUR GLOBAL RUNDOWN The oil industry is threatening Indigenous communities in Alberta, Canada by destroying wetlands and rerouting waterways. Dam levels in Eastern Cape, South Africa, fall below 50 percent. Cloud seeding is becoming more popular throughout the American West as water scarcity worsens. Heavy rains cause devastating flooding across South India. Covid-19 vaccine initiatives […]

The Stream, November 19, 2021: Flooding Devastates British Columbia

YOUR GLOBAL RUNDOWN Residents in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe are without water as the city mitigates ongoing power outages. A recent atmospheric river in British Columbia leaves nearly 20,000 people stranded and thousands of animals dead. Britain will launch an investigation into potential illegal sewage discharge by water companies. Residents in northeast Syria displaced by Turkish military […]

The Stream, November 18, 2021: Israel and Jordan Reach Water-and-Energy Sharing Agreement

YOUR GLOBAL RUNDOWN In the United States, a new report offers recommendations on expanding Native Americans’ access to drinking water. A dam in Queensland, Australia overflowed earlier this week, renewing neighboring landowners’ calls to expand its capacity. Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection is moving forward with a rule that would limit PFAS “forever chemicals” in […]

The Stream, November 17, 2021: Meet The Activist Saving a Polluted Chinese Lake

YOUR GLOBAL RUNDOWN Heavy rainstorms wreaked havoc in the Canadian province of British Columbia, forcing the evacuation of an entire small town. A new report finds water and energy use from Oahu hotels did not decrease in 2020 despite lockdown orders. A study from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency links proximity to agricultural land to […]

The Stream, November 16, 2021: Residents in Banjul Slums Face Flooding As Sea Levels Rise

YOUR GLOBAL RUNDOWN A river in north Africa is receding due to drought and over-pumping, allowing saltwater to seep into the area’s groundwater supplies. Water projects across the Navajo Nation could cost $4 billion. Low-income residents in the slums of Gambia’s capital city face severe flooding as sea levels rise and infrastructure deteriorates. The Court […]

The Stream, November 12, 2021: Flint Residents Impacted By Lead Water Crisis Awarded $626 Million

YOUR GLOBAL RUNDOWN A major reservoir in Syria is completely empty for the first time in history. Rising water levels in Kenya’s Great Rift Valley are impacting wildlife and impacting an already struggling tourist industry. A federal judge approves a multi-million-dollar settlement for people impacted by the Flint water crisis. More heavy rain will hit […]

The Stream, November 11, 2021: Thousands March Outside Conference Centers At COP26

YOUR GLOBAL RUNDOWN The chief executive at WaterAid says water isn’t getting enough attention from world leaders at COP26. Last week, youth activists from around the globe took part in a climate march outside conference centers in Glasgow. Life has been upended for villagers in the remote South Sudanese region of Panyaghor because of ongoing […]

The Stream, November 10, 2021: Climate Change Will Impact Low-Income Women and Girls the Most

YOUR GLOBAL RUNDOWN Women and girls in low-income countries are likely to bear the burden of climate catastrophes like floods and droughts. China announces new clean air and water targets. Climate change is decreasing fish populations at one of Nova Scotia’s biggest fish hatcheries. Researchers at a New Orleans university will study the impact of […]

The Stream, November 9, 2021: Drought Worsens Throughout Kenya

YOUR GLOBAL RUNDOWN Drought is driving residents out of southern Iraq’s once infamous marshlands and killing of livestock. Newark, New Jersey replaces nearly all of its lead service lines in only three years. A water crisis in a small town in northern Canada has cost officials more than one million dollars in less than a […]