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The Stream, October 4: Australia Endures Its Driest September on Record

The Global Rundown Drought-stricken Australia experiences its driest September on record. Norsk Hydro announces that it will close Brazil’s Alunorte, the world’s largest alumina refinery, which illegally dumped untreated wastewater earlier this year. Humanitarian workers fight to access remote communities in earthquake-hit Indonesia. The Asian Development Bank grants a $240 million loan to provide drinking […]


The Stream, August 1: Australia Moves to Expand Mining Operations Under Sydney Water Catchment

The Global Rundown New South Wales, Australia, moves forward with the expansion of a mine under Sydney’s water catchment despite warnings from an independent panel that there was inadequate data to support the enlargement. Officials in Hanoi, Vietnam, consider evacuating thousands amid heavy rains. A draft environmental assessment of an alternative route for the Keystone […]


The Stream, July 31: From Sweden to Australia, Governments Pledge Drought-Relief Packages

The Global Rundown In Sweden and New South Wales, Australia, officials announce assistance packages for drought-stricken farmers. High levels of PFAS contaminants are discovered in Kalamazoo County, Michigan. Monsoon rains swamp a critical care unit in eastern India. UK lawmakers criticize water companies for failing to meet leakage targets. Flood warnings arrive too late for […]


The Stream, July 20: Farmers Struggle as Worst Drought of the Century Grips New South Wales, Australia

The Global Rundown Farmers in New South Wales, Australia, grapple with the region’s worst drought in more than 100 years. Lawmakers call for an independent water quality watchdog in Hong Kong after lead is detected at a new apartment complex. Drought-stricken Sweden requests help from neighboring countries as wildfires engulf thousands of hectares of forest. […]


The Stream, May 1: Australia Persuades the UN to Cut Criticisms of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan from Report

The Global Rundown The Australian government persuades the United Nations to delete criticism of the Murray-Darling basin plan from a report on irrigation. Egypt hopes to speed up negotiations over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. A conservation group plans to formally challenge a Michigan decision to let Nestle withdraw groundwater from the state. The United […]


The Stream, April 18: Australia’s Northern Territory Lifts Fracking Ban on 700,000 sq km, Raising Concerns of Water Contamination

The Global Rundown Australia’s Northern Territory lifts a ban on hydraulic fracturing, opening up 700,000 square kilometers to gas exploration. Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh brace for the oncoming monsoon season. Four states in the Upper Colorado River Basin accuse Arizona of withdrawing too much water from the Colorado River. The India Meteorological Department predicts normal […]


The Stream, March 9: Australia’s NSW Plans to Prosecute Murray-Darling Water Theft

The Global Rundown New South Wales plans to prosecute several landowners for water theft from the Murray-Darling river system. Chile’s state-owned mining company Codelco receives approval to build a $1bn desalination plant. Pastoralists fight over fertile land in parched Somalia. Thawing permafrost “browns” lakes and upsets ecosystems in Arctic and subarctic regions across the word. […]


The Stream, February 15: Australia’s Murray-Darling Basin Plan in Jeopardy After Senate Rejects Changes

The Global Rundown The future of the Murray-Darling Basin plan is uncertain after the Australian Senate votes against a reduction of the plan’s water recovery targets. An unprecedented amount of rain lifts the Washington D.C. area out of severe drought. Satellite data links melting Antarctic ice sheets with accelerating rises in sea level. Fiji escapes […]


The Stream, November 27: South Australia Sets Up Royal Commission to Investigate Murray-Darling Water Theft

The Global Rundown Regulations on arsenic levels in U.S. drinking water led to reduced exposure among Americans, a study finds. More than half of insured farmers in Tamil Nadu, India, have not received compensation for crop losses during the state’s 2016-2017 drought. A new Michigan water crisis unfolds near Grand Rapids as household water close […]


The Stream, September 6: Western Australia Halts Fracking to Evaluate Risks

The Global Rundown Western Australia bans onshore hydraulic fracturing in order to examine the risks associated with the practice. Hurricane Irma barrels toward the Caribbean and southern Florida. The Metropolitan Water District of Los Angeles, California begins a review of its own ethics office. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte upholds a recent open-pit mining ban. A […]