Water in the World

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Permian Oil Boom Uncorks Multibillion-Dollar Water Play

<i>Producing oil produces even more water. Getting rid of it is a large and expanding business.</i>Water lines snake across the Permian basin. Photo © Keith …

Tasmania's lakes among most contaminated in the world

Metal contamination levels in some of Tasmania’s lakes are among the highest in the world, a new study has found, while those within the state’s Wilderness World Heritage Area have also been badly polluted by mining.<p>The Australian National University study found atmospheric metal contaminates from …

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Water Utilities Call on Big Data to Guide Pipe Replacements

<i>The drinking water industry says aging infrastructure is its top challenge. Can AI help?</i><p>Workers in Manhattan excavate 23rd Street to replace the …

Tehran Faces Crisis As Iran’s Water Supply Runs Low - Circle of Blue

<i>Tehran, the capital and largest city, could soon be the epicenter of Iran’s water crisis.</i>Tehran. Photo courtesy of Ninara/Flickr Creative …

Texas starts 2019 nearly drought-free with its highest water supply since 1993

Thanks to a rainy end to 2018, Texas is starting the new year with its highest water supply in more than 25 years — and more than 98 percent …

China's Three Gorges rules out new domestic hydro projects

BEIJING/SHANGHAI, Jan 9 (Reuters) - China Three Gorges Corp (CTGC), operator of the world’s largest hydropower plant, is turning to projects offshore, a senior official said, as domestic costs soar and space runs out on the country’s crowded rivers.<p>“We don’t have any plans to build more hydropower …

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The last 92 Irrawaddy dolphins in Mekong River may not survive

Experts are concerned that the Mekong dolphin is unlikely to survive Cambodia's modernisation as a new dam is planned.<p><b>Kratie, Cambodia -</b> At the dolphin ticket office there is a tattered page stuck to the wall calling on readers to save dolphins as part of "Cambodia's splendid natural heritage".<p>It …

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HotSpots H2O, March 26: Spotlight on the Water Crisis in Gaza

The RundownThe Gaza Strip may soon be unlivable, largely due to the territory’s devastated water supply. For decades, residents of the self-governing …

Australia experiencing more heat, longer fire seasons and rising oceans

Australia is experiencing more extreme heat, longer fire seasons, rising oceans and more marine heatwaves consistent with a changing climate, according to the Bureau of Meteorology and CSIRO’s state of the climate report.<p>The report, published every two years, measures the long-term variability and …

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The Year In Water, 2018

The Year in Water, 2018Pollution, scarcity, and a changing climate remain top risks<b>By Brett Walton</b><b>Circle of Blue – December 20, 2018</b>A cholera …

PFAS: What You Need To Know

<b>Chemical contaminants called PFAS, toxic to humans at minuscule doses, are the tip of the spear for threats to groundwater in Michigan and …

Number of people living in flood-prone areas in Japan has risen 4.4% over 20 years, research shows

More people in Japan are living in areas with potential risks of flooding compared with two decades ago due to residential development on suburban …

Découvrez les meilleures offres de circulaires!

Vor jeder neuen Formel-1-Saison werden offizielle Fotos von den Fahrern gemacht: Das sind die 20 Piloten der Formel 1 2019 14.03.2019

20-year water plan tipped for approval

The 20-year master plan for the country's water management system is expected to win approval by the national committee on water resources on Dec 19 …

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Groundwater Scarcity, Pollution Set India on Perilous Course

<b>By Keith Schneider, Circle of Blue, December 4, 2018</b><p><b>Photographs © J. Carl Ganter / Circle of Blue</b><p>Doula Village lies 55 kilometers (34 miles) …

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Getting clean drinking water into remote Indigenous communities means overcoming city thinking

One Indigenous custodian from Katherine, NT, told us that the levels of PFAS from fire-extinguisher foam were high in their soil and water. Worried …

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'Water from air' quenches threatened girls' thirst in arid Kenya

LOOSUK, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In this arid part of northern Kenya, water can be hard to find, particularly in the dry season.<p>But a center run by the Samburu Girls Foundation - which rescues girls facing early marriage and female genital mutilation - has a new high-tech source of …

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South Africa’s Invasive Species Guzzle Water and Hurt the Economy

South Africa is losing its battle against biological invaders, according to the first attempt by the government to comprehensively assess the status …

Peru's natives say Amazon Waterway Project threatens food sources

Multi-million dollar project is set to span territory home to 424 native communities belonging to 14 native groups.<p><b>Pucallpa, Peru</b> - Sailing upriver in pitch dark, the Eduardo II reaches a dangerous impasse. The ship's massive propellers thrust in reverse as it nearly runs aground. A hail of jungle …

HotSpots H2O, October 29: Amazon River Development Imperils Indigenous Communities

The RundownFlowing more than 4,000 miles (6,400 kilometers) through Peru, Colombia, and Brazil, the Amazon River is a storehouse of natural riches — …

Earth Day, At 47, Proves Value of Water and More - Circle of Blue

<i>Ecological principles guide economic strategies to fit 21st-century conditions.</i><p>Mekong River floodwaters force Vietnamese farmers to erect barricades …

A water fight in Chile's Atacama raises questions over lithium mining

SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA (Reuters) - Earlier this year, the world’s two biggest lithium producers publicly celebrated new deals with Chile’s government that will allow them to vastly increase output of the ultralight battery metal from the Atacama, the world’s driest desert.<p>U.S.-based Albemarle Corp …

Infographic: The Drier, Wetter, Warming U.S.

<i>Despite warm and cold extremes in 2014, precipitation and temperature trends over the past century show a drier Southwest and Southeast, a wetter</i> …

Israel’s Mediterranean Desalination Plants Shift Regional Water Balance

<i>Desalination could remake the region’s politics and ecology. It hasn’t yet.</i>A half century ago, Israel built canals to move water from the Jordan …

Infographic: Household Wells in the United States

<b>By Brett Walton, Circle of Blue</b>Thirteen percent of Americans, some 42 million people, use a household well for their water supply.The largest …

As Bangkok sinks, could this anti-flood park be the answer?

Bangkok is sinking – fast. As urban development continues unabated, this city of more than 10 million people is getting lower by 2cm a year, according to Greenpeace estimates. Meanwhile, the surface of the Gulf of Thailand is rising by 4mm a year – above the global average.<p>With the Thai capital …

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How Dutch stormwater management could have mitigated damage from Hurricane Florence

Parts of the country ravaged by Hurricane Florence will slowly dry out and begin to clean up in the coming weeks. Many communities in the Carolinas …

India’s parched earth: Too late to solve the worst water crisis in its history?

INDIA: It was once known as the city of a thousand lakes. But it is now the city of burning lakes.<p>Bengaluru, or Bangalore – India’s Silicon Valley, …