Entries by Kayla Ritter

The Stream, October 18: Stagnant Water a Risk Factor as Zika Virus Spreads in India

The Global Rundown Officials in Rajasthan, India, warn against stagnant water as the Zika virus spreads. New research pinpoints two types of “flash drought” in China. A river in Texas that overflowed earlier this week begins to subside. In Iraq, water pollution in the Tigris River interrupts religious practices of the Mandaean faith. Rescuers continue to […]

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, October 17: Danube River Drops to Record-Low in Budapest, Hungary

The Global Rundown Water levels in the Danube river drop to record lows in Hungary. Long-term drinking water advisories continue to afflict indigenous communities in Canada. A recent study warns that earth could soon see similar conditions to the 1876-78 drought, a global disaster that left more than 50 million people dead. A private water […]

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, October 16: In Delhi’s Slums, Residents Work to Avert a Water Crisis

The Global Rundown Residents of Delhi’s slums work to improve water access. Rising temperatures and dry conditions across the globe are likely to hurt barley crops, which could lead to a shortage of beer. Australia announces a billion-dollar aid package for drought-stricken farmers. The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection allots $1 million in Clean Water […]

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, October 15: Special Report on Yemen’s Water Crisis

The Rundown Since March 2015, a deadly civil war between Houthi rebels and a Saudi-led military coalition has ravaged Yemen. Throughout the conflict, water and electrical infrastructure have been targeted repeatedly, leaving millions of Yemenis without clean water. In October 2016, cholera was detected in the capital city of Sana’a. The outbreak slowed after six […]

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, October 12: U.S. Congress Approves $6 Billion Water Projects Bill

The Global Rundown The United States Congress approves a wide-ranging water projects bill, which includes funding for wetlands restoration, infrastructure improvements, and flood prevention measures. Cyclone Titli makes landfall in Odisha, India, leaving at least eight people dead. Health officials fear that Hurricane Michael floodwaters could carry a variety of bacteria and viruses. A trial […]

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, October 11: Record-Setting Hurricane Michael Plows into Florida Panhandle

The Global Rundown Hurricane Michael makes landfall in Florida as a Category 4 storm. Meteorologists predict an El Niño is likely in southern Australia, which would likely worsen the country’s prolonged drought. Turkey says it will release more water from the Ilisu dam to ease water shortages in Iraq. Officials say 20,000 villages in Maharashtra, […]

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, October 10: The 1972 Clean Water Act Dramatically Improved U.S. Water Quality, Study Finds

The Global Rundown Data shows that the 1972 Clean Water Act greatly decreased pollution in U.S. waterways. Senegal considers desalination to help combat growing water shortages. Waterborne diseases begin to spread in quake-hit Indonesia. A new study quantifies the link between fertilizer and watershed contamination. Cases of dengue, a mosquito-borne disease that intensifies during 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

The Stream, October 9: Israel Receives Bids for Construction of World’s Largest Desalination Plant

The Global Rundown Israel receives seven bids for construction of the world’s largest desalination plant. Queensland, Australia, grants the Adani mining company an additional year to pay for a controversial water license. Iraqis live without water and electricity in areas formerly occupied by ISIL. Hurricane Michael, currently a Category 1 storm, moves toward the Florida […]

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, October 8: Millions in South Sudan Rely on Distant, Dirty Water Sources

The Rundown South Sudan’s ongoing civil war, which has flared since December 2013, continues to devastate water and sanitation access. In many areas, residents rely entirely on unimproved water sources, including rivers, swamps, and unprotected wells, many of which are shared with animals. Residents elsewhere in the country also report limited or no access to […]

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, October 5: Officials Fear Collapse of Earthen Dam in Arizona After Tropical Storm Rosa Rainfall

The Global Rundown A Native American community in Arizona is evacuated as an earthen dam threatens to fail following rains from Tropical Storm Rosa. Electricity and communication networks are restored in earthquake-hit Palu, Indonesia, but food and water remain in short supply. Zimbabwe vaccinates more than 1 million people amid its worst cholera outbreak in […]

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, October 4: Australia Endures Its Driest September on Record

The Global Rundown Drought-stricken Australia experiences its driest September on record. Norsk Hydro announces that it will close Brazil’s Alunorte, the world’s largest alumina refinery, which illegally dumped untreated wastewater earlier this year. Humanitarian workers fight to access remote communities in earthquake-hit Indonesia. The Asian Development Bank grants a $240 million loan to provide drinking […]

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, October 3: Yemen’s Cholera Outbreak Surges, With 10,000 New Cases Each Week

The Global Rundown Yemen’s cholera outbreak accelerates again, with 10,000 new cases being reported each week. Indonesia rushes to distribute aid to survivors of its recent earthquake, which has left more than 1,300 dead. Perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) are discovered in the Tucson, Arizona, water supply, but officials deny “contamination.” In the United Kingdom, the minister in charge of water […]

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