The Global Rundown The drinking water in Hoosick Falls, New York is contaminated with a toxic chemical, raising concerns about how such chemicals are regulated –or not– in the United States. Three executives have been indicted over the 2011 disaster at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant, and emails show that state advisers in Michigan were concerned […]
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The Global Rundown Population growth and drought are driving water shortages in Gwadar, a port city in Pakistan that plans to become a major international trade center. Food shortages caused by a drought in Zimbabwe will cost more than a billion dollars to fill, while it will take millions to replace aging lead water pipes […]
Though not mentioned in the final agreement, water nonetheless firmly staked a spot in the global climate agenda By Brett Walton Circle of Blue Just before midnight on December 12, the crowd at Le Bourget conference center in Paris was euphoric. One hundred ninety five countries, bucking past failures, had just signed a groundbreaking agreement […]
Countries see climate adaptation as a water problem Photo © J. Carl Ganter / Circle of Blue A center-pivot irrigation system waters a field in California’s Central Valley. Food production, flood protection, data collection, and other sectors influenced by changes in water availability are being included in national climate adaptation plans. Click image to enlarge. […]
Momentum for a deal is strong. Photo © J. Carl Ganter / Circle of Blue Bill McKibben, co-founder of 350.org. ““Paris is the scoreboard more than the game,” he says. “The results will reflect how much movement pressure we’ve built since Copenhagen.” Click image to enlarge. By Keith Schneider Circle of Blue French authorities issued […]
A month after water supply was a central feature of a U.S. – China agreement, formal recognition of water scarcity and access is still elusive. Photo courtesy Emma Bull via Flickr Creative Commons Protesters calling for meaningful action on climate change took to the streets in the People’s Climate March during international climate negotiations in […]
Circle of Blue photographer documents Central Valley water shortage. Photo © Matt Black / Circle of Blue A man passes water vending machines in the small farmworker community of Stratford in California’s Central Valley. Click image to enlarge. Matt Black, the California photographer who documented the deepening drought in his home state earlier this year […]
Danish documentary explores the beating human heart of cities but fails to examine water in the urban landscape.
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Circle of Blue reporter Codi Yeager reports that a heavy price is being paid in the outcry against the Minas Conga gold project and its potential impact on water resources.
Nowhere are the impacts of climate change more pronounced than with the emergence of food insecurity, according to Paul Epstein, associate director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard Medical School. Does water-efficient technology increase our collective thirst, and if so, what can we do about it? New Security Beat peels […]
The energy target will be the highlight of a document to come later this year, as well as a cornerstone of China’s efforts to curb soaring greenhouse gas emissions, which currently stand at a quarter of the global total. Cutting coal consumption will inevitably also cut water use, as coal is China’s largest industrial user of water.