Entries by Nick Beadleston

The Stream, July 14: International Efforts Continue to Address Drought and Disease

The Global Rundown Laos recently signed a new agreement with the World Bank which should help bring water to more of its remote, mountain-dwelling citizens. Namibia is losing important construction jobs over its ongoing drought. Half of all U.S. states have some degree of corrosive groundwater. An unlikely Nebraska-Dubai joint effort may mean new drought solutions for the Middle […]

The Stream, July 13: More Floods and Droughts Means More International Aid

The Global Rundown Flooding and droughts are causing China and several African nations, including South Africa and Kenya, to look beyond their borders for assistance and solutions. Growing better grass could make for more drought resistant crops. Meanwhile, US citizens are growing increasingly concerned with the current climate change discourse (or lack thereof). The UK […]

The Stream, July 11: Desalination, A Double-Edged Sword

The Global Rundown Under-regulation and over-consumption has left Saudi Arabia wondering if it will still have any water left in two decades time. Benin is getting a water infrastructure funding boost from the West African Development Bank. Meanwhile, a drought in Brazil is lowering yields of two traditional crops. New evidence suggests California droughts are the result of wind more […]

The Stream, July 7: High And Low-Tech Solutions To Address Drought

The Global Rundown The agricultural sectors in both Canada and Namibia are suffering as a result of ongoing drought. Computers in California and genetically selected beans in Central America are being employed to improve water efficiency. Mexico City should soon be the recipient of numerous simple, but effective rainwater systems. Meanwhile, a Maine teenager is building biodegradable stream cleaning buoys in her parents’ basement. In Bangladesh, previously […]

The Stream, July 5: Groundwater Shortages, Growing Uncertainty, And Deadly Contamination

The Global Rundown A growing population and water shortages are already starting to affect India’s industrial sector, while Peru looks to correct its own water imbalances. Studies and tests confirm there are pain killers in several Kenyan counties’ water supplies and brain-eating amoebas in one North Carolina water park. Meanwhile, the UK could find itself cut off from one major source of green […]

The Stream, June 29: Pollutants, Agriculture, And Expanding Populations Stress Water Reserves

The Global Rundown Pollutants continue to taint vital groundwater supplies in the United States and India, even as informed government agencies fail to act. Swedish scientists say they are one step closer to cracking cost-effective hydrogen energy. Water ATMs may prove an innovative solution to Kenya’s water crisis. Meanwhile, reimagining agricultural practices in Asia and the Caribbean could hold the key to surviving unprecedented droughts. […]

The Stream, June 27: Drip Irrigation, Record Digitization, and Potential Waterways Legislation

The Global Rundown Utah’s Great Salt Lake is quickly disappearing, and irrigation in a select group of small Paraguayan farms is getting more efficient one drop at a time. New Jersey students are digitizing water records, while the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recording lead levels in children. Californians continue fighting Nestle over water pumping in the […]

The Stream, June 6: Addressing Pressing Problems a Province at a Time

The Global Rundown India‘s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Afghanistan‘s president Ashraf Ghani appear to have laid their hands on a collaborative solution to irrigation and electricity in the latter’s Herat provence. Masterpieces are being evacuated from the lower levels of the Louvre, while Parisians scramble to avoid the rising River Seine. Six years later, evidence of the Deepwater […]

The Stream, June 3: Drought and Doubt Rise While Water Levels Fall

The Global Rundown Water levels in India’s 91 reservoirs are at the lowest points in a decade and water levels are also falling in aquifers– which supply 85 percent of the country’s drinking water. More than two decades of U.S. Geological Survey data show what contaminants are increasing in the United States groundwater, and which are […]


Nick BeadlestonCircle of Blue contributor Nick is interested in the social and political instability caused by growing global resource scarcity. He is also the director of communication at On the Ground, an international aid and development NGO that supports sustainable community development in farming regions. https://www.circleofblue.org/