Entries by Kayla Ritter

The Stream, March 6: Flooding Kills Dozens, Swamps Homes in Afghanistan

The Global Rundown Flooding kills dozens and displaces thousands in Afghanistan. Another deadline passes for states in the western U.S. to complete a Colorado River drought contingency plan. Changing weather patterns stunt olive groves in Italy. Damages from recent flooding in northern California top $155 million. Villagers in Mexico push back against mining activities on […]

The Stream, March 5: Coal Ash Tainting Groundwater Near Most U.S. Coal Plants, Study Finds

The Global Rundown Components of coal ash are discovered in groundwater near most U.S. coal plants. Serbia rethinks wastewater processing in a bid to join the European Union. Disease spikes in drought-stricken Pakistan as people consume salty, contaminated water. Nearly half of water basins in the United States could fail to meet demand by 2071, […]

HotSpots H2O: Suicide Bombing Sours India-Pakistan Water Relations

A suicide bombing in Kashmir has resulted in another setback in India-Pakistan water relations.

The Stream, February 20: Despite Easing Restrictions, Cape Town Residents Still Carefully Conserving Water

The Global Rundown Residents of Cape Town, South Africa, continue to conserve water even as restrictions relax. The water supply in Dayton, Ohio, is deemed safe after a water main break affected 100,000 residents. Tribal leaders in the Philippines resist construction of a dam on the Kaliwa river. New water filters in Ann Arbor, Michigan, […]

The Stream, February 19: Great Barrier Reef at Risk of Bleaching Due to Freshwater Plumes from Queensland Flooding

The Global Rundown The Great Barrier Reef is at risk of coral bleaching in the wake of the Queensland, Australia, floods. Independent testing finds lead levels in Flint, Michigan, are below the federal action level. The Sea of Galilee reaches a 2-year high amid a rainy winter in Israel. Eight miners are found alive following […]

HotSpots H2O: Palm and Sugarcane Plantations Strip Guatemalan Farmers of Land, Water Access

As global demand for biofuel increases, plantations are crowding out traditional farming in Guatemala,which has spurred land and water quarrels

The Stream, February 15: U.S. EPA Pushes PFAS Draft Regulations to End of 2019

The Global Rundown The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it will issue draft regulations on PFAS contamination by the end of 2019. Several gold panners are likely dead in Zimbabwe after floods swept through two mines. Los Angeles County decided to dissolve the Sativa water district, which has served tainted water to customer for […]

The Stream, February 14, 2019: Toxic Mud from Brazil Dam Collapse Poisons Indigenous Water Source

The Global Rundown Mining waste from last month’s dam collapse in Brazil taints the Paraopeba river, the main source of food and water for the Pataxo indigenous tribe. New California Governor Gavin Newsom voices support for a single tunnel traversing the California Delta. Flint, Michigan, agrees to use scientific modeling to verify which homes have […]

The Stream, February 13, 2019: Puerto Rico Faces Water Rationing as Dry Conditions Spread

The Global Rundown Seven municipalities in Puerto Rico face water rationing as drought grips the territory. Eighteen million trees died in California over the past year, according to the U.S. government. Australia’s Adani mining company admits to releasing contaminated water into the Caley Valley wetlands during recent flooding. Arizona uses less water today than it […]

The Stream, February 12, 2019: Extreme Flooding Kills an Estimated 500,000 Cattle in Drought-Stricken Queensland, Australia

The Global Rundown Hundreds of thousands of cattle in drought-stricken areas die as severe flooding strikes Queensland, Australia. Fourteen children die in Barcelona, Venezuela, due to contaminated food and water. A new report finds that lakes in Tasmania are among the most contaminated in the world. Negotiations over PFAS contamination in western Michigan grow increasingly […]

HotSpots H2O: Despite Peace Deal, Water Scarcity Worse Than Ever in South Sudan

The number of South Sudanese citizens facing food and water insecurity continues to grow following a five-year civil war.

The Stream, February 8, 2019: Violent Storm Sparks Landslides, Washes Away Buses in Rio de Janeiro

The Global Rundown Severe storms deluge Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, leaving six people dead. Phoenix, Arizona, boosts its alternative water supplies in the face of Colorado River shortages. Wine production in South Africa’s Cape region is expected to be the lowest in years due to drought. An Idaho town asks neighboring cities for water after […]