The Rundown The EPA rejects industry objections to its restrictions on the pesticide chlorpyrifos. The Interior Department allocates $1.7 billion this year for tribal water rights settlements. The Bureau of Reclamation tells many farmers in California’s Central Valley not to expect irrigation water from federal canals this year. And lastly, House committees hold hearings on […]
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Certain ways of drawing carbon out of the atmosphere to keep global temperatures in check come with substantial tradeoffs for water use, water quality, and food production, study finds.
The Global Rundown Southeast Asia’s Mekong River is at its lowest levels in more than 100 years. Droughts and floods intensify across Asia, damaging palm oil, natural rubber, rice, and sugar crops. Almost 9 million people in Somalia and South Sudan are facing severe food insecurity. California considers a bill that would require water agencies […]
As global demand for biofuel increases, plantations are crowding out traditional farming in Guatemala,which has spurred land and water quarrels
The Global Rundown Thousands more fish die in New South Wales, Australia. New Florida governor Ron DeSantis calls for the resignation of the state’s water policy managers. Indonesia’s Jenebarang River overflows, swamping homes and killing six people. Urban designers make Wuhan, China, into a “sponge city,” in a bid to boost flood resilience. Zimbabwe considers […]
Drained and contaminated aquifers contribute to India’s “worst water crisis.”
Worst drought in 140 years leads to farmer deaths, water riots, policy impasse.
Using a virus as a weapon, authorities hope to open way for native fish.
In rare instance of unity, people eye government’s blunders, not each other. Photo © Keith Schneider / Circle of Blue Karsten Hinze fills a 500-liter tank from spring-fed water tanks at his brother’s farm for delivery to the homes of his mother and sister in Paulpietersburg, South Africa. He makes the trip every two weeks […]
Cities run dry and harvests retreat in an already reeling nation. Photo © Keith Schneider / Circle of Blue South Africa’s power sector supplies 91 percent of the nation’s energy from coal-fired power plants, most of them operating in Mpumalanga province, east of Johannesburg. By Keith Schneider Circle of Blue PONGOLA, South Africa — January […]
The Global Rundown House-destroying floods swept through parts of Japan near Tokyo as a tropical storm passed over the country. Southeastern Brazil also received heavy rainfall that helped ease a two-year drought that has parched Sao Paulo. Forecasters reiterated that a strong El Nino this winter is unlikely to rid California of its historic drought. […]
The Global Rundown Better data is necessary to achieve the new United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, according to experts. Researchers in Germany are creating biodegradable drugs to clean up waterways. California’s impressive water conservation performance is raising hopes about a new path to water sustainability. India’s Maharashtra state is considering a ban on sugarcane plantings […]