Entries by Kayla Ritter

The Stream, January 28, 2020: Alaska’s Longest Drought on Record Ends

The Global Rundown Alaska’s longest drought on record comes to an end. Zimbabweans turn to unsafe open wells as tap water cuts continue. Water rates for communities in Flint, Michigan, remain unchanged for the third year in a row. The Australian government withholds funds from New South Wales after the state fails to complete Murray-Darling […]

HotSpots H2O: Dengue, Cholera Remain Concerns in Yemen’s Conflict Zone

After a lull, conflict in Yemen is flaring again. The uptick in fighting is complicating attempts by health workers to stem the spread of infectious, waterborne diseases like dengue fever and cholera that have multiplied during years of civil war.

The Stream, January 24, 2020: New Trump Water Rule Imperils Streams, Wetlands, Across the U.S.

The Global Rundown The U.S. Trump administration replaces the Waters of the United States rule, cutting protections for streams and wetlands. Zimbabwe announces that its grain reserves are running low after months of drought. A water utility in California sues the U.S. government over PFAS contamination from firefighting foam used at an Air Force Base. […]

The Stream, January 23, 2020: PFAS Contamination in U.S. More Widespread than Previously Thought, Study Finds

The Global Rundown A new report finds that PFAS contamination in the United States is far more prevalent than previously thought. Michigan grants Flint an extension on submitting documentation about 2019 lead samples, as well as the city’s future plans for tackling contamination. Storm Glorida hits Spain’s Ebro river delta, deluging rice paddies. Namibia considers […]

The Stream, January 22, 2020: Rainfall in Australia Slows Spread of Bushfires

The Global Rundown Heavy rainfall eases bushfires in Australia, but blazes still remain. Ongoing drought in Guatemala fuels childhood malnutrition. The U.S. Supreme Court rules that residents of Flint, Michigan, can pursue a civil rights lawsuit over the city’s lead crisis. Twenty-one “critically overdrafted” areas of California prepare groundwater management plans as part of the […]

The Stream, January 21, 2020: Water Crisis Leaves Bulgarian Government Facing a No-Confidence Vote

The Global Rundown The Bulgarian government faces a no-confidence vote due to ongoing water shortages affecting thousands of people. Lawmakers in Michigan propose two bills that would limit access to groundwater for water bottling company Nestlé Waters North America, Inc. Controversy ensues over an $80 million water rights sale to the Australian government. China bans […]

HotSpots H2O: Peace Deal May Halt Siege of Tripoli

Shortages of basic amenities like power and water have become commonplace in Tripoli, Libya, in the last year.

The Stream, January 17, 2020: Florida Purchases Property in Heartland of Everglades, Saving it From Oil Drilling

The Global Rundown Florida purchases a piece of the Everglades to protect the wetlands from oil drilling. A probe into the 2019 collapse of a Vale SA tailings dam in Brumadinho, Brazil, will wrap up in June, police say. Police in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, investigate tainted tap water in several of the city’s neighborhoods. […]

The Stream, January 16, 2020: Foul-Smelling, Discolored Tap Water Infects Neighborhoods in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The Global Rundown Stinky, foul-tasting water infiltrates neighborhoods in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The U.S. Trump Administration is expected to announce rollbacks to U.S. water laws as soon as this weekend.  2019 was the second-hottest year on record, data shows. Bulgaria appoints a new environment minister amid an ongoing water crisis. Michigan Attorney General Dana […]

The Stream, January 15, 2020: Tap Water in One in Eight Minnesota Homes is Tainted by Nitrate, Study Finds

The Global Rundown Nitrate is found in the tap water of one in eight Minnesota homes, a study shows. Displaced residents in Jakarta, Indonesia, file a lawsuit against the city’s governor over inaction during recent flooding. A research organization plans to provide public access to U.S. flood probability data. Drought increases human-wildlife conflict in Zimbabwe. […]

The Stream, January 14, 2020: Communities in West Michigan Reel from Long-Term PFAS Contamination

The Global Rundown Communities in western Michigan grapple with years of exposure to PFAS contamination. Water is cut in communities near Manila, Philippines, as the Taal Volcano erupts. The Panama Canal drops the number of daily ship slots due to ongoing drought. The private water tanker industry booms in Nepal and other countries as rainfall […]

HotSpots H2O: Jakarta Reels from Heaviest Rainfall on Record

Floodwaters submerged large parts of Indonesia’s capital, a situation made worse by the city’s severe land subsidence.