Entries by Kayla Ritter

The Stream, July 7, 2020: 60 Percent of Fish Species May be Unable to Survive in Current Habitats by 2100, Study Warns

The Global Rundown A new study warns that 60 percent of fish species may be unable to survive in their current habitats by 2100. Wuhan, China raises its flood alert level after another week of torrential rain. The river Kuma in Kyushu, Japan overflows amid severe storms, leaving at least 50 people dead or missing. […]

HotSpots H2O: Conflict and Covid-19 Disrupt Water Supplies in Ukraine

Aerial bombardment as part of a years-long conflict has once again upset water supplies in eastern Ukraine, leaving many civilians without running water in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

The Stream, July 3, 2020: Temperatures in Great Lakes Michigan and Huron Jump Nearly 20 Degrees in a Week

The Global Rundown Water temperatures in the U.S. Great Lakes skyrocket amid sweltering temperatures in the midwestern United States. Researchers in the U.S. and Mexico race to save the Yaqui catfish from extinction as its habitat deteriorates. The Whitehaven Coal Mine in New South Wales, Australia could face a major fine after three years of […]

The Stream, July 2, 2020: Brazil’s São Paulo State Extends Water Bill Exemptions Through August 15

The Global Rundown Brazil’s Sabesp sanitation company extends water bill exemptions for more than 2 million low-income customers in São Paulo state. Data reveals that England’s water firms discharged raw sewage into waterways more than 200,000 times in 2019. Australia unveils the first projects being backed by the $2.7 billion Future Drought Fund. Satellite maps […]

The Stream, July 1, 2020: Florida Governor Signs Major Bill Aimed at Combating Water Quality Issues

The Global Rundown Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signs an extensive  environmental bill aimed at addressing the state’s water quality issues. A major Russian mining company suspends workers who illegally discharged wastewater into the Arctic tundra last week. Ethiopia plans to begin filling the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam this month despite a deadlock in negotiations with […]

The Stream, June 30, 2020: Independent Data Suggests Hidden Flood Risk to Millions of U.S. Properties

The Global Rundown A new map of flood risk in the United States claims that almost 6 million more properties are vulnerable to flood damages than previously thought. Puerto Rico declares a state of emergency as more than a quarter of the island succumbs to severe drought. Heavy monsoon rains force more than a million […]

HotSpots H2O: In Somalia, Covid-19 Compounds Water Stress

The fragile situation for herders in Somalia and Somaliland, where harsh weather has stripped the land of food and water, is being exacerbated by the spread of Covid-19.

The Stream, June 26, 2020: Colorado Governor Implements Drought Plan for 40 Counties

The Global Rundown Colorado Governor Jared Polis initiates a drought plan for 40 Colorado counties. The Brazilian Senate approves a new sanitation bill intended to jumpstart privatization of water and sewage companies. A Michigan judge calls for a temporary shutdown of the Enbridge Line 5 oil pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac. Environmentalists claim that […]

The Stream, June 25, 2020: New Rule Could Exempt Companies from Reporting Certain PFAS Releases

The Global Rundown A new exemption being drafted by U.S. federal regulators would exempt companies from reporting certain releases of PFAS into the environment. Early test results show low levels of dioxin contamination in mid-Michigan in the wake of historic flooding last month. Heavy rainfall deluges western Ukraine, killing three people and forcing hundreds to […]

The Stream, June 24, 2020: Water Bills in U.S. Cities Jumped 80 Percent Between 2010 and 2018, Investigation Claims

The Global Rundown A new investigation of 12 U.S. cities conducted by The Guardian states that water and sewage bills rose by an average of 80 percent between 2010 and 2018. The U.S. Supreme Court chooses not to hear a case related to water rights in the Klamath Basin, which spans parts of Oregon and […]

The Stream, June 23, 2020: Pastoral Lifestyles Threatened as Somalia and Somaliland Dry

The Global Rundown Somalia is drying rapidly, changing the livelihoods of Somali herders. The U.S. National Hurricane Center says there is a 40 percent chance that a cyclone may develop off the coast of Massachusetts in the next couple days. Heavy storms deluge Moscow, Russia. The water hyacinth, an invasive plant, clogs waterways in Iraq. […]

HotSpots H2O: Aid Groups Airlift Water and Sanitation Supplies to Venezuela

Deteriorating conditions have led to chronic shortages of food, medicine, and running water, in Venezuela amid the Covid-19 pandemic.