The Year in Water, 2019

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Natural hazards strengthen. Governments struggle to cope.

HotSpots H2O: Nearly 1,000 U.S. Superfund Sites Exposed to Climate Risk

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A report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office found that more than half of Superfund sites in the United States are at risk from climate change.

HotSpots H2O: Food Emergency for Millions in Afghanistan

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More than 10 million people in Afghanistan do not have enough to eat and need humanitarian aid according to the latest alert from an international coalition that analyzes hunger and malnutrition.

Baltimore Council Approves Income-Based Water Bills

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The Baltimore City Council, in the face of rising water and sewer rates and public anger over billing errors, approved a discount program that ties monthly water bills for its poorest residents to their annual household income.

Navajo Generating Station, a Union of Coal and Water, Shuts Down

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The shutdown of Navajo Generating Station, which was planned for several years, also brought an end to a four-decade bond in Arizona between a coal plant and water-supply infrastructure.

HotSpots H2O: Bushfires Raze Parts of Eastern Australia as Government Quarrels over Climate Change

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Devastating wildfires are sweeping across large swathes of Australia’s drought-stricken eastern coast, heralding what is likely to be a long and unforgiving bushfire season. 

Climate Change Magnifies Health Risks at Every Stage of Life

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Floods, droughts, and warming temperatures are already increasing illness and disease risk and may pull back previous health gains, benchmark Lancet Countdown report finds.

A Sinking Metropolis

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A day in the life of Jakarta—a city drowning in water insecurity.

HotSpots H2O: Flash Floods Strike Eastern Africa, Displacing 370,000 People

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Intense flooding hit several nations in eastern Africa recently, including Somalia, Kenya, and South Sudan. The deluges have affected more than a million people in the region.

As Legionnaires’ Disease Cases Surge, Lawsuits Pile Up

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Can legal liability prompt action where regulation has yet to catch up?