Entries by Kayla Ritter

The Stream, December 11: Toxic Mercury Taints Amazon Waterways as Illegal Gold Mining Spikes

The Global Rundown Illegal gold mining poisons waterways in the Amazon rainforest. Construction of a dam in Tasmania threatens the survival of the endangered swift parrot. Michigan’s chief medical executive faces involuntary manslaughter charges linked to the Flint water crisis. The Indian central government assesses drought conditions in six different states. Shipping in Germany returns […]

Kayla Ritter is a recent graduate of Michigan State University, where she studied International Relations and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. She is currently based in Manton, Michigan. Kayla enjoys running, writing, and traveling. Contact Kayla Ritter

HotSpots H2O, December 10: Inequality Fuels Water Quarrels in India’s Second Most Populous State

The Rundown In late October, the government of Maharashtra, home to more than 114 million people, declared drought in 151 of the state’s 353 talukas (sub-districts), a move that allows the state to seek relief funding from India’s central government. Other talukas in Maharashtra criticized the declaration, asserting that they are also suffering water shortages. […]

Kayla Ritter is a recent graduate of Michigan State University, where she studied International Relations and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. She is currently based in Manton, Michigan. Kayla enjoys running, writing, and traveling. Contact Kayla Ritter

The Stream, December 7: Heat and Drought in UK Made 30 Times More Likely by Manmade Climate Change, Study Claims

The Global Rundown The United Kingdom’s scorching summer was made 30 times more likely by human-driven global warming, a government report claims. Heavy rains cause flash floods in recently-burned areas of southern California. A 2015 Colorado mine spill did not cause long-lasting impacts on fish and other aquatic life, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says. […]

Kayla Ritter is a recent graduate of Michigan State University, where she studied International Relations and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. She is currently based in Manton, Michigan. Kayla enjoys running, writing, and traveling. Contact Kayla Ritter

The Stream, December 6: El Paso, Texas, Plans to Convert Sewage Water to Drinking Water

The Global Rundown El Paso, Texas, plans to turn treated sewage water into drinking water. Heavy rains in Benghazi, Libya, swamp the city’s airport and hamper transportation. Flint, Michigan, announces the replacement of 7,000 lead water lines, but thousands of hazardous lines remain. A disruption of the Atlanta, Georgia, water system earlier this week could […]

Kayla Ritter is a recent graduate of Michigan State University, where she studied International Relations and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. She is currently based in Manton, Michigan. Kayla enjoys running, writing, and traveling. Contact Kayla Ritter

The Stream, December 5: El Niño Could Cut Colombia’s Rainfall by 80 Percent, Environmental Minister Warns

The Global Rundown The emerging El Niño weather pattern may slash Colombia’s rainfall by 80 percent in the first months of 2019, the country’s environment minister warns. Newark, New Jersey, continues to grapple with lead contamination in its water supply. Atlanta, Georgia, lifts its citywide boil-water advisory. Tourism is straining water supplies on Thailand’s Phi […]

Kayla Ritter is a recent graduate of Michigan State University, where she studied International Relations and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. She is currently based in Manton, Michigan. Kayla enjoys running, writing, and traveling. Contact Kayla Ritter

The Stream, December 4: Sanaa, Yemen, Sterilizes Water Supply as Cholera Resurges

The Global Rundown Officials in Sanaa, Yemen, sterilize the city’s water supply as cholera cases surge. The World Bank pledges to provide $200 billion in funding between 2021-25 to combat climate change. Low water pressure at a pumping station in Atlanta, Georgia, leaves large parts of the city without water. A new analysis shows that […]

Kayla Ritter is a recent graduate of Michigan State University, where she studied International Relations and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. She is currently based in Manton, Michigan. Kayla enjoys running, writing, and traveling. Contact Kayla Ritter

HotSpots H2O, December 3: Water Infrastructure Still a Target in Ukrainian Conflict

Attacks on civilian water infrastructure remain a strategic vulnerability in the ongoing conflict between the Ukrainian military and separatists.

Kayla Ritter is a recent graduate of Michigan State University, where she studied International Relations and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. She is currently based in Manton, Michigan. Kayla enjoys running, writing, and traveling. Contact Kayla Ritter

The Stream, November 30: Illinois Coal Plants are Threatening Nearby Waterways, Analysis Shows

The Global Rundown A new analysis shows that toxic waste from 22 Illinois coal plants is threatening nearby water sources. Cape Town, South Africa, announces plans to relax its Level 5 water restrictions. California researchers begin collecting water samples to determine the impact of recent wildfires on the state’s waterways. 2018 is expected to be […]

Kayla Ritter is a recent graduate of Michigan State University, where she studied International Relations and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. She is currently based in Manton, Michigan. Kayla enjoys running, writing, and traveling. Contact Kayla Ritter

The Stream, November 29: Charleston, South Carolina, Bans Plastic Bags, Straws to Tackle Water Pollution

The Global Rundown Citing concerns about water pollution, the city of Charleston, South Carolina, bans plastic bags, straws, and foam containers. Violence over water and pasture flares again in drought-stricken Kenya. An Indian court panel rules that Tamil Nadu had insufficient grounds to permanently close a water-polluting copper smelter. After months of dry weather, torrential […]

Kayla Ritter is a recent graduate of Michigan State University, where she studied International Relations and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. She is currently based in Manton, Michigan. Kayla enjoys running, writing, and traveling. Contact Kayla Ritter

The Stream, November 28: Desperate, Displaced Afghan Families Marry Off Children to Survive Drought

The Global Rundown Desperate Afghan families begin marrying off young children to help survive the country’s severe drought. The UN World Meteorological Organization says there is a 75-80 percent chance of an El Niño weather event occurring by February. Thousands of drought-resistant trees are planted in the Lake Chad Region to combat climate change. Impoverished […]

Kayla Ritter is a recent graduate of Michigan State University, where she studied International Relations and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. She is currently based in Manton, Michigan. Kayla enjoys running, writing, and traveling. Contact Kayla Ritter

The Stream, November 27: Warmer Weather, Drier Summers, Predicted in UK by 2070s

The Global Rundown A UK government report warns that Britain will experience warmer temperatures, driers summers, and wetter winters by the 2070s. Egypt expands sugar beet planting as a water-saving alternative to cane sugar. Government pressure fails to deter farmers in Zimbabwe from planting maize crops. Officials say the deadliest California wildfire of all time […]

Kayla Ritter is a recent graduate of Michigan State University, where she studied International Relations and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. She is currently based in Manton, Michigan. Kayla enjoys running, writing, and traveling. Contact Kayla Ritter

HotSpots H2O, November 26: Delays and Disagreements Hinder Africa’s Largest Hydropower Dam

The Rundown The fate of a controversial dam that Ethiopia is building on a Nile tributary remains unclear, despite recurring negotiations with downstream neighbors Egypt and Sudan, who are concerned about reductions in water flows. In October, Sudan’s irrigation minister said the three countries made progress on a timeline for filling the reservoir behind the […]

Kayla Ritter is a recent graduate of Michigan State University, where she studied International Relations and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. She is currently based in Manton, Michigan. Kayla enjoys running, writing, and traveling. Contact Kayla Ritter