Entries by Miranda Cawley

Effective Responses to Global Water Crisis Are Largely Local

With exceptions like California and Australia, regions and cities shape resilient adaptations to water security.

Los Angeles Looks to Stormwater to Secure Water Sustainability

Second largest U.S. city confronts new era of water scarcity with innovations on a new scale.

The Stream, August 20: Tanzania Cuts off Water to Farmers to Protect Hydropower

The Global Rundown In Tanzania, the government is confronting the energy food nexus by declaring hydropower plants as protected areas, thus preventing farmers from using the water resources for irrigation. In California, the San Joaquin River Valley is sinking at an increased speed thanks to groundwater depletion. Flooding in Myanmar has left tens of thousands […]

The Stream, August 13: Puerto Rico Drought Will Cut School Days

The Global Rundown The drought in Puerto Rico is so severe that the territory is cutting school days in some areas and asking the U.S. Department of Defense for relief. President Obama signed the Drinking Water Protection Act, which seeks to safeguard human health from algal toxins in places like the Great Lakes. The U.S. […]

The Stream, August 6: Bangladesh Proposes Canal to Reduce Dhaka Water Pollution

The Global Rundown In Bangladesh, a canal is being dredged to remove pollution from a major source of fresh water, despite claims it will not solve the root causes of water pollution. A study from a university in Canada explores the tradeoffs between water demand and food security in urban agriculture. Chile is expecting rain […]

The Stream, July 30: Costa Rica Considers Water-System Overhaul

The Global Rundown In Costa Rica, several former presidents voiced support for legislation reforming the country’s water system. Nepal’s rice fields are suffering as drought stops farmers from planting, while drought-hit farmers in Canada can expect to receive financial relief from two major banks. Sinkholes are a growing problem along the Dead Sea coast in […]

Line 5 Pipeline Task Force Highlights Weakness in Enbridge Management

Pipeline owner criticized for lapses in inspection and disclosure.

The Stream, July 23: Canada First Nations Community Protests $6 Billion Dam

The Global Rundown Accelerated snowmelt is causing floods and landslides that claim lives and destroy villages in Tajikstan. Protests by the Nutashkuan Innu have forced the Quebec government to negotiate over a large hydroelectric dam project that could cause ecological damage. European researchers have determined the role of 12 African rivers in contributing to greenhouse […]

The Stream, July 16: Australia Coal Mine Prompts Public Concern Over Water

The Global Rundown President Obama is expected to veto a U.S. House of Representatives bill that addresses the drought in the western United States . In Australia, a Chinese-run coal mine raises concerns about water quality, while a new study found contaminants in groundwater used for California’s drinking water. India is opening its doors to […]

Michigan Pipeline Task Force Sets Stage for Line 5 Closure

Report calls for independent analysis of the risks, alternatives, and cost of a big oil spill in the Mackinac Straits.

The Stream, July 10: Lake Erie Algae Bloom Could Be Second Worst On Record

The Global Rundown The monsoon in Nepal has made life difficult for families living in a tent city after the country’s major earthquake. The Panama Canal’s expansion is slowly taking shape as the new locks fill with water. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the United States released its forecast for this summer’s Lake […]

Report: Lima Citizens Shoulder the Financial Burden of Water Insecurity

In Peru’s capital city, vulnerable communities pay a premium for water as poor infrastructure, population growth, and climate change pressure supplies.