Entries by Kayla Ritter

HotSpots H2O: U.S. Great Lakes, Near Record Highs, Pummel Coastal Infrastructure

The U.S. Great Lakes have surged to unprecedented levels, causing tens of millions of dollars in damage to coastal roads, marinas, and household property.

The Stream, April 3, 2020: Rising Lake Levels and the Coronavirus Crisis Converge in Michigan

The Global Rundown Michigan continues efforts to mitigate shoreline flooding despite the coronavirus as water levels in the Great Lakes rise. Australia’s brutal bushfire season comes to a close. Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives push for $25 billion in water infrastructure funding in the next economic stimulus bill. After a two-week delay due […]

The Stream, April 2, 2020: China Tailings Dam Leak Contaminates 110 Kilometers of Hulan River

The Global Rundown A leak from a tailings dam at a molybdenum mine in Heilongjiang, China, taints water up to 110 kilometers (68 miles) downstream. The U.S.-based brewer Constellation Brands Inc accepts the results of a public vote in Mexico calling for the cancellation of a brewery in the town of Mexicali. Ecosystems in the […]

The Stream, April 1, 2020: NASA, University of Nebraska, Release Global Satellite-Based Groundwater Maps

The Global Rundown NASA and the University of Nebraska introduce satellite-based global groundwater maps. Spain and the U.S. state of New Jersey ban water shutoffs during the coronavirus pandemic. Colorado cities prepare to vie over large amounts of water freed up by closing coal plants. For the first time in several years, water is flowing […]

The Stream, March 31, 2020: Michigan Governor Orders Water Restoration to All Homes During Coronavirus Crisis

The Global Rundown Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer signs an executive order mandating water reconnection during the coronavirus pandemic. A tailings dam spill in Heilongjiang, China, could threaten local water supply. A plan to demolish four hydroelectric dams on California’s Klamath River raises questions over the waterway’s future. All the U.S. Great Lakes aside from Lake […]

HotSpots H2O: U.S. Federal Judge Calls for Full Environmental Review of Dakota Access Pipeline

U.S. District Judge James Boasberg struck down federal permits for the Dakota Access pipeline, calling for a full environmental review

The Stream, March 27, 2020: Flood Recovery in the UK Stalled Due to Coronavirus Spread

The Global Rundown Residents say that flood recovery efforts in the United Kingdom have stalled due to the coronavirus. Turkey accepts bids for the first phase of construction of a large canal in Istanbul. Businesses and homeowners along the U.S. Great Lakes brace for another year of record-breaking high water levels. Dozens of coronavirus cases […]

The Stream, March 26, 2020: Drought and Saltwater Intrusion Hit 13 Vietnamese Provinces

The Global Rundown Drought and saltwater intrusion are beginning to affect livelihoods in several Vietnamese provinces. A U.S. federal judge orders a full environmental review of the Dakota Access Pipeline, siding with North Dakota’s Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. England could face droughts within 20 years as water demand rises, according to the auditor general. Aid […]

The Stream, March 25, 2020: Coronavirus Aggravates Long-Standing Water Shortages in Flint, Michigan

The Global Rundown The coronavirus complicates ongoing water issues in Flint, Michigan. Elevated levels of PFAS chemicals are detected in North Carolina fish. The coronavirus pandemic and the upcoming rainy season threaten to worsen suffering in embattled Yemen. Floods sweep through Iran, killing at least 11 people. The United Nations warns that improvements to water […]

The Stream, March 24, 2020: Over Half of Global Population Lacks Proper Sanitation, Heightening Coronavirus Risk, UN Warns

The Global Rundown The United Nations warns that more than half the global population lacks access to safely-managed sanitation, heightening coronavirus risks. UNICEF decries water cuts in Syria as the country reports its first coronavirus case. Mexican residents vote to halt development of a controversial brewery near the U.S. border, which activists fear could deplete […]

HotSpots H2O: Coronavirus Threat Rattles Water-Scarce Refugee Camps

As the coronavirus expands across the globe, millions of refugees living in crowded, ill-equipped camps are bracing for the arrival of the pandemic. 

The Stream, March 20, 2020: New Court Hearing over Dakota Access Pipeline Begins

The Global Rundown A new round of litigation over the Dakota Access pipeline begins. PFAS chemicals are detected in the drinking water supply of Indianapolis, Indiana.  Coal plants shutter across the western United States, with only 20 plants slated to remain open. Syrian refugees are among the millions of people worldwide at high risk of […]