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The Stream, November 8: Cleaning the Yellowstone River Oil Spill

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When Texans head to the ballot box today, they will be asked…
Libya aftermath - lack of clean water

Water as a Tool of War: Qaddafi Loyalists Turn Off Tap for Half of Libya

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Muammar Qaddafi’s great achievement of tapping desert aquifers and sending the water hundreds of kilometers to Tripoli, the capital, and other coastal cities is now the focal point for sabotage and siege. Aid agencies have begun humanitarian relief as rebel leaders try to gain control of water-producing regions.

Tehuacán Video Essay: Scarcity and Solutions - Pt. 1

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The Tehuacán Valley captures the tragedy and triumph of Mexico’s worst freshwater crisis in decades. In this video, meet Francisca Rosas Valencia, a leader who is working to better her community's water future.

Australia Builds Desalination Plants and Pipelines to Bring Water to Mines

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To feed water-hungry mining industries, similar plans are in the works to supply drought-ridden regions of Australia and China.

Study: Overpumping Draws Down the World's Groundwater Reserves

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Groundwater depletion doubled between 1960 and 2000.

Infographic: Michigan Mineral Rights

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In Michigan, $178 million for nearly 120,000 acres of state-owned minerals in 20 counties.

Water, Not al-Qaeda, is Yemen’s Main Domestic Concern, Experts Say

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Yemen made headlines last Christmas as the training ground for the man who attempted to blow up an airplane two months ago, but a more immediate concern for the people living in the country is a rapidly dwindling supply of freshwater.

U.S. Supreme Court Denies Mississippi’s Claims against Memphis

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The United States Supreme Court declined to hear a lawsuit claiming that Memphis is pumping too much water out of a shared aquifer, the Memphis Commercial Appeal reports.

Haitian Earthquake Provides Lessons for Similarly Vulnerable Countries

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As recovery efforts in Haiti focus on supplying clean water to a region in which the water infrastructure was destroyed, a Maltese engineer thinks his earthquake-prone country, which sits just south of Sicily, could face a similar crisis

Nevada and Utah: Desert Aquifer Dispute in Snake Valley

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Snake Valley, Utah.  Image courtesy of the Utah Geological SurveryA highly disputed bill sits on the desk of Utah Governor Gary Herbert that would allow the construction of a 300-mile pipeline to pump 16 billion gallons of groundwater from the Snake Valley aquifer to as many as 120,000 households in the growing desert metropolis of Las Vegas, Nevada.

"Virtual water" does little for Palestinians

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JERUSALEM - The drought in the Middle East continues to define…

Santa Cruz quarries: Study identifies not-so-free refill for water-stressed area

SANTA CRUZ, California - A nearly quarter-million dollar study…