Entries by Kayla Ritter

The Stream, December 6, 2019: Atmospheric Rivers Threaten $1bn in Annual Flood Damages in Western U.S.

The Global Rundown Atmospheric rivers could cause $1 billion in flood damages in the western United States each year, a study warns. Several water systems in Maryland contain concerning levels of nitrate, arsenic, and other contaminants, according to a recent report. California bans insurance companies from dropping homeowners in areas that are at an increased […]

The Stream, December 5, 2019: Drought Stunts Coffee Supply in Indonesia

The Global Rundown Drought hits Indonesia’s coffee plants. China urges action among regions that are “seriously lagging” in their water quality targets. The latest round of talks over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam begin in Cairo, Egypt. A new study identifies three possible sources behind the 2014-2015 outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in Flint, Michigan. South […]

The Stream, December 4, 2019: South Africa To Invest $61 Billion in Water Infrastructure Over the Next Decade

The Global Rundown South Africa announces a $61 billion plan to combat water scarcity. The Michigan Court of Appeals rules against a request by Nestle Waters North America to build a pump station in Osceola, Michigan. A U.S. District Judge approves a $50 million settlement related to water pollution. Trade associations reject a request by […]

The Stream, December 3, 2019: Bali Nearing Water Crisis as Tourism Exhausts Groundwater

The Global Rundown Bali, Indonesia, runs low on groundwater as tourism booms. Australia experiences its driest and second-hottest spring ever recorded. A dispute within the Trump administration delays a multimillion-dollar study on PFAS in the United States. A water main break in Austin, Texas, causes 100,000 gallons of sewage to spill into a tributary. A […]

HotSpots H2O: Nearly 1,000 U.S. Superfund Sites Exposed to Climate Risk

A report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office found that more than half of Superfund sites in the United States are at risk from climate change.

The Stream, November 29, 2019: Water Crisis Could Hit Sydney, Australia, Next Year, According to WaterNSW Warning

The Global Rundown A document shows that New South Wales, Australia, could face a major water crisis by the middle of next year. Kentucky state regulators call for major changes in how water districts are managed and regulated. Autumn rainfall eases drought in southeastern Alaska. An estimated £110 million ($142 million) in insurance payouts are […]

The Stream, November 27, 2019: States Without Clean Water Must Compensate Citizens, Indian Court Rules

The Global Rundown India rules that states must offer compensation if they are unable to provide clean air and water to citizens. Two New York water districts sue 3M, DuPont, and Chemours companies over PFAS contamination. A community in northern Michigan receives a state grants to connect PFAS-affected homes with a municipal water system. Dengue […]

The Stream, November 26, 2019: Arizona Residents Rank Water Availability as Most Important Issue

The Global Rundown Arizona residents rank water as a key concern in a recent survey. Air pollution blankets New South Wales, Australia, as fires burn 2.5 million acres. Catastrophic flooding hits France, Greece, and Italy. Twenty Superfund sites in Michigan could release dangerous chemicals in a flood event, a new federal analysis warns. Minnesota officials […]

HotSpots H2O: Food Emergency for Millions in Afghanistan

More than 10 million people in Afghanistan do not have enough to eat and need humanitarian aid according to the latest alert from an international coalition that analyzes hunger and malnutrition.

The Stream, November 22, 2019: California Says It Will Sue the Trump Administration Over Water Plans

The Global Rundown California says it will sue the Trump administration over plans to pump more water out of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Drought-stricken Zimbabwe removes import controls on maize and wheat flour following a poor harvest. The “dead-zone” in the Chesapeake Bay measures within a normal range this year despite adverse weather conditions, signalling […]

The Stream, November 21, 2019: Nevada Water Supply At “Critical Mass,” Official Warns

The Global Rundown A Nevada official declares that the state’s water supply has reached a “critical mass.” South Korea asks Japan to disclose information about the potential looming release of radioactive water from the Fukushima nuclear plant. China constructs three water plants in Sri Lanka in an attempt to foster greater relations with the island […]

The Stream, November 20, 2019: Major Power Outage Hits Barbados, Disrupting Water Supply

The Global Rundown A major power outage in Barbados disrupts water supply on the island. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang says the country needs to divert more water to parched northern areas, as well as investing more in infrastructure. Saginaw, Michigan, plans to replace its 16,000 lead water lines, which will involve a hike in water […]