Entries by Kayla Ritter

The Stream, June 26, 2019: Mississippi River Flood Cleanup Will Top $2 Billion, Advocacy Group Says

The Global Rundown An advocacy group estimates that flood repairs along the Mississippi River will top $2 billion. Rain eases a three-year drought in Canada. As developers of a Minnesota copper-nickel mine seek funding, environmental activists warn the mine could cause water pollution. Keurig Dr Pepper pulls Peñafiel bottled water from stores after reports that […]

The Stream, June 25, 2019: Massive Undersea Freshwater Aquifer Found Off U.S. Northeast Coast

The Global Rundown Scientists discover a sizable undersea freshwater aquifer off the coast of the northwestern United States. Water shortages could hamper food exports from India. China needs more than $400 billion to improve pollution and sanitation in rural areas. Chennai, India, plans to transport water from other parts of Tamil Nadu as the city’s […]

HotSpots H2O: New UN Report Details Global Progress and Problems With Access to Safe Water and Sanitation

A new report by WHO and UNICEF finds that 2.2 billion people live far below contemporary standards for safe water and sanitation.

The Stream, June 21, 2019: Snowmelt Rejuvenates Colorado River, Rio Grande

The Global Rundown Snowmelt replenishes the Colorado River, the Rio Grande, and other waterways across the southwestern United States. The Islamic State group continues to deliberately torch fields in Iraq, just as the country welcomes its first strong crop in years. Monsoon rains reach drought-stricken Maharashtra, India. Severe storms delay wheat sowing in Argentina, but […]

The Stream, June 20, 2019: Authorities in Chennai, India, Criticized as City’s Four Main Reservoirs Run Dry

The Global Rundown Authorities in Chennai, India, are criticized for the city’s extreme water shortage. Namibia plans to auction off hundreds of wild animals as water sources run dry in the country’s national parks. Costa Rica manages to keep its electricity production clean even amid drought. Capacity in the Kariba Dam, the key source of […]

The Stream, June 19, 2019: Louisiana Governor Calls for Disaster Declaration as Flooding Devastates Fishing Industry

The Global Rundown The governor of Louisiana asks the U.S. government to declare a fisheries disaster as flooding disrupts oyster, crab, and shrimp catches. Ammonia and nitrogen is washing into UK waterways and polluting over 60 percent of the nation’s land area. Rising waterways in Michigan heightened the risk of electric shock deaths. A new […]

The Stream, June 18, 2019: India Hopes to Provide Drinking Water to All Rural Homes by 2024, PM Says

The Global Rundown Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announces ambitious plan to pipe clean water to all rural homes by 2024. Israel installs a fourth water pipeline into Gaza. A new study warns that rising global temperatures could bring more severe drought and flooding to Africa than previously thought. A week of rain arrives is […]

HotSpots H2O: Violence Flares in India Amid Record Heat and Delayed Monsoon Rains

India’s monsoon, essential for the country’s water supply, arrived a week late this year, testing the patience of a country where extreme weather is fraying the social fabric.

The Stream, June 14, 2019: Prosecutors Dismiss Criminal Charges in Flint Water Crisis Cases

The Global Rundown The Michigan Department of the Attorney General unexpectedly dismisses criminal charges in eight cases linked to the Flint water crisis. Cyclone Vayu turns away from Gujarat, India, and is now expected to only skirt the coast. Queensland, Australia, approves groundwater plans for the controversial Carmichael coal mine. India’s sugar output could tumble […]

The Stream, June 13, 2019: UK Flood Defenses Prevent $1.4bn in Yearly Damages, Analysis Shows

The Global Rundown Flood defenses in the United Kingdom are preventing $1.4 billion in damages each year, a new study estimates. Overwhelming heat and drought drive families out of rural India. A deluge in southern China earlier this month left 49 people dead, authorities say. Australia’s federal court rules that the government did not properly […]

The Stream, June 12, 2019: Nitrate Pollution in U.S. Drinking Water May Cause 12,500 Cancer Cases Annually

The Global Rundown Nitrate pollution in U.S. drinking water could be linked to more than 12,000 cancer cases annually. A severe cyclone closes in on the Indian state of Gujarat, forcing 300,000 people to evacuate. Officials in Norway say they still haven’t found the cause of water contamination that sickened dozens on the island of […]

Pesticides, Antibiotics, Heavy Metals Tarnish Europe’s Waterways

New chemicals and medicines are being developed, then leaching into waterways, faster than researchers can study them.