Entries by Jinah Park

The Stream, May 21: Giant Tornado Leaves Oklahoma Suburb Without Water Supplies

A deadly tornado tore across Oklahoma, killing at least 91 people and crushing buildings, Monday afternoon. The southern suburb of Moore, which was hit most by the tornado, remains without running water. Earlier, the tornado damaged a water treatment plant and residents were told not to drink water. More tornadoes and thunderstorms are expected to […]

The Stream, May 14: Chile Denies Water Deals with Qatar

Chile denied a recent report on deals to export water to Qatar, ABC News reported. The report included a quote by Chilean Ambassador Jean Paul Tarud saying, “Chile has some of the largest fresh water export capabilities in the world.” Public backlash in Chilean social media followed the report. Chile has been suffering from drought […]

The Stream, May 7: U.A.E. Farmers and Government To Halve Agricultural Water Use By 2014

Farmers in the United Arab Emirates face a unique challenge when it comes to saving water, The New York Times reported. The hostile natural conditions of little rainfall and tremendous heat means a desperate need for irrigation despite short and declining supplies. The government is working with farmers to reduce agricultural water use in half by 2014. […]

The Stream, April 30: Superstorm Sandy Dumped 11 Billion Gallons of Sewage

Superstorm Sandy dumped 11 billion gallons of sewage from East Coast treatment plants into Washington, D.C. waterways, a science journalism group reported.  One- third of the sewage was not treated, Wall Street Journal reported. Sewage leaks are becoming a major threat due to higher sea levels that may lead to coastal flooding. Fukushima Power Plant […]

Bouncing on Circles of Blue

Circle of Blue intern Jinah Park summarizes the first three weeks of spring at the Traverse City office.

The Stream, April 23: Looming Storms Threaten Communities Along the Great Lakes

Looming storms are keeping communities along the Great Lakes on their toes. Even a small increase in rain will cause alarm to communities whom have been watching the rivers licking at uncomfortably high levels. Last week’s sudden downpours have caused 114 barges to break loose south of St. Louis and are blamed for at least […]

The Stream, April 16: Eating Away at the Banks of India

In India, there is nothing to do but watch as crops, trees and even homes fall into the Brahmaputra River’s ever shifting path, The New York Times reported.  The river is an essential source of water and life, but is simultaneously causing villagers to relocate every year as a precaution against erosion. Climate Change Refugees […]

The Stream, April 9: China’s New Dams Raise Concern of Water Wars

The Chinese government recently decided to construct five new dams on rivers flowing to neighboring countries – effectively negating the bilateral water treaties that its neighbors agreed upon. Professor and commentator Brahma Chellaney argues in The Washington Times concerns about water wars and biodiversity disruption follow the decision Pacific Islands A freshwater shortage in the […]