The Global Rundown The vast majority of floodplains in England have been degraded by agriculture, urbanization, and poor management. The expiration of a key water-sharing agreement along the Delaware River could lead to more extreme droughts and floods, activists say. Oil and gas development in the shale formations of Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas has not […]
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The Global Rundown Residents of Flint, Michigan who have delinquent water accounts could face home foreclosure if they do not pay, despite concerns about lead. Violence between ranchers and herders in Kenya stems from historical land conflicts, not just drought, conservationists say. Cape Town, South Africa is still working to avert water cuts as its […]
The Global Rundown The national power utility in the Democratic Republic of Congo warned electricity production is at risk after water levels in the Congo River dropped to their lowest level in a century over the past four months. More than 100 people have died in Somalia due to starvation and illnesses related to drought. […]
Inspections and enforcement have declined since 2011, but fines for all pollution increased. By Brett Walton, Circle of Blue Federal inspections of cattle and hog feedlots, turkey houses, and other animal feeding operations dropped for a fourth consecutive year, according to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency data. The number of fines and orders to change management […]
The Rundown U.S. Forest Service rejects renewal of two mining leases near the Boundary Waters in northeastern Minnesota. DuPont agrees to pay $US 50 million to cleanup mercury pollution in a Virginia river. The EPA’s final report on hydraulic fracturing identifies cases of water pollution at all stages of the water cycle in oil and […]
The Global Rundown Officials in India showed willingness to participate in talks with Pakistan over disputed hydroelectric projects in the Indus River Basin, despite earlier objections this month. Scientists in the United States warned Congress that rising sea levels due to climate change could significantly alter efforts to restore the Florida Everglades. Hundreds of thousands […]
Political, financial, and ecological barriers block solutions in South Florida.
The Rundown No action yet on important water and environment bills. NOAA establishes a new water office. California and federal agencies release a strategy to save the Delta smelt. The U.S. Geological Survey identifies hot spots for corrosive groundwater and reckons what rising seas will do to Cape Cod. A law expert clears a path […]
The blooms plaguing coastal estuaries are a symptom of a system out of balance.
The Rundown Huge bloom of toxic algae on Florida coast send officials looking for quick fixes to chronic problem. Federal science review of nonstick chemicals, sometimes found in groundwater near industrial facilities, finds strong evidence that they damage human immune systems. Clean energy agreement could help Canadian hydropower. Federal dam in Montana without hydropower might […]