Both at home and abroad, water will play a significant role in China’s policy decisions in 2021.
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YOUR GLOBAL RUNDOWN A new study finds dangerous levels of PFAS chemicals across several cities in China. Heavy rain and snow causes mass flooding and devastation across the Balkans. Researchers from Stanford University determine that climate change can be blamed for one-third of flood losses in the United States. New Zealand records its seventh-hottest year […]
The Global Rundown New research by a U.S.-based company states that China withheld Mekong river water from downstream nations last year despite drought conditions. April rainfall eases drought in California, while dry conditions intensify in Florida. Communities along the Missouri River fear spring flooding reminiscent of last year’s deluge. Zimbabwe works to improve cultural acceptance […]
A top-ranking Chinese official declared that the country is releasing more water from its dams on the upper Mekong River in order to aid drought-stricken downstream neighbors.
The Global Rundown China releases water from its Mekong River dams to increase flows to parched downstream neighbors. Scientists warn that more frequent wildfires in the western U.S. could fuel water shortages, creating a vicious cycle. California’s Sierra Nevada snowpack hovers around half of normal. A federal judge approves a $69.5 million settlement between the […]
The Global Rundown China prepares to double the amount of water being transferred from southern to northern parts of the country. The collapse of Vale SA’s tailings dam in Brazil earlier this year is linked to “persistently high” water levels in a report from experts appointed by Vale’s legal team. South Sudan’s humanitarian crisis continues […]
The Global Rundown The overall quality of China’s surface water improved in 2018, but pollution worsened in some areas. Tests of groundwater around U.S. military bases in Georgia show extensive contamination from toxic firefighting foam. Local officials in Queensland, Australia, call for more government relief as the state enters its seventh year of drought. Aid […]
The Global Rundown China announces an increased focus on fighting water pollution. Industry officials warn that India’s sugarcane output may fall next year as drought hampers planting. Farmers in parts of southern Bolivia rely on contaminated river water to irrigate their fields. Michigan lawmakers approve a bill to replace the decades-old Line 5 oil pipeline […]
The Global Rundown Glacier melt in western China increases, threatening the water supply of 1.8 billion people. Tests results following a massive fish die-off in Iraq’s Euphrates River show high levels of bacteria and heavy metals in the waterway. Scientists fear that deforestation of the Amazon rainforest will disrupt the global water supply cycle. Equipment […]
The Global Rundown China restructures its environmental ministry, giving it control over the South-to-North water diversion project. South Africa’s drought is reclassified as a state of national disaster, allowing the government to utilize additional funding. Argentina plans to provide debt relief to drought-stricken farmers. The shortest La Niña in a decade comes to an end […]
The Global Rundown Several countries, including the United States, Russia, and China, agree to refrain from commercial fishing in the high Arctic seas until research is done on the practice’s sustainability. China’s Shanxi province enacts a law that caps water use in steel, cement, and aluminum production. Hundreds of residents in southern Albania evacuate their […]
The Global Rundown China has detained three factory officials in connection with a water pollution case. A new study suggests droughts and floods linked to climate change could increase violence over food shortages. A clash between soldiers distributing food aid to drought-hit communities in Somalia killed five bystanders. Thousands of farmers in Zimbabwe are adopting […]