Water News

Dynamic Tidal Power:

Arcadis| GPE – February 15, 2018: General Information: Dynamic tidal power or DTP is an untried but promising technology for tidal power generation. It would involve creating a long dam-like structure perpendicular to the coast, with the option for a ...
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Vietnam’s Tourism And Fishing Industries Drown In Waste:

Circle Of Blue | By: Jennifer Möller-Gulland | GPE – February 13, 2018: Plastic pollution, largely from Asia, chokes the world’s oceans. Originally published July 19, 2017: An afternoon swim in the South China Sea along the southeast coast of ...
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Microplastics Pollute Most Remote And Uncharted Areas Of The Ocean:

The Guardian | By: Sandra Laville | February 12, 2018: First data ever gathered from extremely remote area of the South Indian Ocean has a surprisingly high volume of plastic particles, say scientists. Microplastics have been found in some of ...
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A New Way To Filter Salt And Metal Ions From Water:

Sustainability Matters | February 12, 2018: Australian and US researchers have discovered a way to utilise metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) — a next-generation material that has the largest internal surface area of any known substance — to make sea water suitable ...
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Hawaii’s Cesspools Threaten Drinking Water, Tourism:

The Wall Street Journal | By: Ian Lovett | February 11, 2018: Sewage from holes of human waste have state lawmakers scrambling to find a fix. In Puako, which is on the Big Island, residents fear cesspool sewage has affected ...
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Book Review ~ Building ‘The Source’ Of America’s Cash Flows And Liquid Assets:

The Wall Street Journal | By: Gerard Helferich | February 09, 2018: Canals, dams and river projects — given the capital they require — have altered the course of public debt. “Why is it,” asks author Martin Doyle, “that sewers ...
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Climate Change Is Increasing Flood Risks In Europe:

The Guardian | By: John Abraham | February 08, 2018: A new study finds strong agreement that flood risks in central and western Europe are rising due to global warming. In the study, the authors used what are called Impact ...
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Drought.gov ~ U.S. Drought Data, News, And Early Warning Resources:

Drought.gov | US Drought Portal | February 05, 2018: Where is drought this week? A weak ridge in the upper atmosphere tried to assert itself over the western contiguous U.S. (CONUS) during this U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM) week, but Pacific ...
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‘Silent Waterworld’ ~ Cambodian Village Submerged By Floodwater From Chinese-Built Dam:

The Independent | By: Tom Barnes | February 04, 2018: Farms, temple, ancestral graves and fishing grounds all destroyed as families forced to flee homes. Floodwater released from a hydroelectric dam has completely submerged a Cambodian village, turning it into ...
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Water, Water Everywhere Can’t Quell A Western Drought:

The Wall Street Journal | By: Jim Carlton | February 04, 2018: Many Western reservoirs are full, and downpours have triggered floods and deadly mudslides in parts of California. But all that water isn’t enough to save the West from ...
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Australian Trees ‘Sweat’ To Survive Extreme Heatwaves, Researchers Reveal:

The Guardian | By: Calla Wahlquist | January 31, 2018: Climate experiment shows trees release water but stop absorbing carbon in extreme heat. Australian researchers growing trees in climate change conditions have found the leaves “sweat” to survive extreme heatwaves ...
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South Africa’s Water Crisis Spreads From Cape Town:

Reuters | By: Ed Stoddard & Victor Antonie | January 31, 2018: Cape Town is running out of water and low dam levels in the emerald-green highlands of Lesotho are raising alarm bells in South Africa’s industrial heartland around Johannesburg, ...
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From Cape Town To Kabul ~ Taps Run Dry In Crisis Cities:

Reuters | By: Umberto Bacchi | January 31, 2018: Drought-stricken Cape Town could run out of water as soon as April, but South Africa is not alone in its struggle as ever more world cities battle acute water shortages. Water ...
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EPA Delays Obama Water Rule:

The Hill | By: Timothy Cama | January 31, 2018: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pushing back by two years an Obama administration rule redefining the federal government’s power over small waterways. The Trump administration is working to repeal ...
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India’s Severe Drought Causing Havoc:

Circle Of Blue | By: Keith Schneider | GPE – February 01, 2018: Water scarcity forces millions of people off of farms and into teeming cities. Originally published June 02, 2016: The latest national drought assessment shows that 19 of ...
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How Not To End Up Like Cape Town:

Forester Network | By: Janice Kaspersen | January 30, 2018: As you might have heard, Cape Town, South Africa, is about to run out of water. Officials have predicted that “Day Zero,” when the water reserves drop so low that ...
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Plastic In The Oceans Increasing Risk Of Disease In Coral Reefs:

Yale 360 | E360 Digest | January 26, 2018: More than 11 billion pieces of plastic are lodged within coral reefs in the Asia-Pacific region. According to a new study published in the journal Science, as this plastic gets tangled, ...
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Utilities Move To Break Arizona’s Coal-Water Link:

Circle Of Blue | By: Brett Walton | GPE – January 29, 2018: The proposed halt to operations in 2019 at the West’s largest coal-fired power plant could attract White House attention. Originally published February 23, 2017: Since 1976 the ...
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Warming, Water Crisis, Then Unrest ~ How Iran Fits An Alarming Pattern:

The New York Times | By: Somini Sengupta | GPE – January 27, 2018: UNITED NATIONS — Nigeria. Syria. Somalia. And now Iran. In each country, in different ways, a water crisis has triggered some combination of civil unrest, mass ...
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Day Zero Now On April 12 For Cape Town:

News24 | By: Jenni Evans | January 23, 2018: Day Zero in Cape Town has been brought forward by nine days to April 12 due to a drop in dam levels, City of Cape Town Deputy Mayor Ian Neilson said ...
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Cape Town May Be First World City To Run Out Of Water Due To Climate Change:

Clean Technica | By: Steve Hanley | January 22, 2018: Cape Town, South Africa, a city of 4 million, is facing an existential challenge. It is about to run out of fresh water. Anthony Turton, a professor at the Center ...
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Increasing Renewable Energy In India Can Reduce Emissions, Water Use, & Supply Risk

Clean Technica | By: Joshua S Hill | January 16, 2018: Increasing the share of renewable energy sources in India’s electricity mix and implementing changes in cooling technologies for thermal power plants could serve not only to reduce the country’s ...
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40% Of India’s Thermal Power Plants Are In Water-Scarce Areas, Threatening Shutdowns:

World Resources Institute | By: Tianyi Luo | January 16, 2018: Water shortages are hurting India’s ability to produce power. New WRI research finds that 40 percent of the country’s thermal power plants are located in areas facing high water ...
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Climate Change Effects On Conflict Are Complex, Tenuous, And Misunderstood:

Circle Of Blue | By: Codi Kozacek | GPE – January 16, 2018: Climate change is here, but will we fight over it? Originally published March 30, 2016: Research by renowned climate scientist James Hansen and an international team of ...
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Water-Related Risks Strand $Billions In Energy, Mining, Power Projects:

Circle Of Blue | By: Keith Schneider | GPE – January 16, 2018: Droughts, floods, and civic opposition cause huge losses. Originally published April 28, 2016: In early November 2002, six years before Lehman Brothers melted down and the American ...
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Excess Carbon Is Making Freshwater Lakes More Acidic ~ At Triple The Rate Of Oceans:

PBS | By: Teresa Carey | GPE – January 15, 2018: When a predator is near, water fleas don their armor. Their bodies produce spikes and helmets to dissuade their attackers. Originally published January 12, 2018: But in a new ...
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The Nation’s Rivers And Streams Are Getting Dangerously Saltier:

The Washington Post | By: Brady Dennis | January 08, 2018: This map (above) shows changes in the salt content of fresh water in rivers and streams across the United States over the past half-century. Warmer colors indicate increasing salinity, ...
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Increasing Chloride In U.S. Rivers:

USGS | GPE – January 08, 2018: Snow-affected urban areas are particularly vulnerable. A U.S. Geological Survey report finds that many U.S. rivers are becoming increasingly salty, which contributes to corrosion in water distribution systems. Concentrations of chloride—a main component ...
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Fossil Fuel Companies Will Invest $180 Billion In New Plastics Feedstock Facilities:

Clean Technica | By: Steve Hanley | December 27, 2017: The shale gas fracking revolution that began in the United States a decade ago has been one of the worst disasters for the environment since our Canadian friends figured out ...
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Devastating Climate Change Could Lead To 1m Migrants A Year Entering EU By 2100:

The Guardian | By: Fiona Harvey | December 21, 2017: Researchers plotted temperature rises against the number of asylum applications and are predicting that as the southern hemisphere heats up the number of people migrating to the EU each year ...
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The Year In Water, 2017:

Circle Of Blue | By Brett Walton | GPE – December 22, 2017: A new era of severe environmental and economic disruption around the world upends freshwater supplies. Originally published December 20, 2017: Two months ago, as winter in the ...
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Developments In Water Reuse ~ Reaching For The Ozone:

Water & Wastewater International | By: Vijay Sundaram, Lucinda Jooste, Melanie Holmer & Allegra da Silva | GPE – December 20, 2017: Ozone-biologically activated carbon has been in use at drinking water treatment plants for years. However, the benefits of ...
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Single Use Plastic Problems Tackled With Water Purification Solutions:

Clean Technica | By: Carolyn Fortuna | December 12, 2017: Single use plastic bottles are strangling the earth’s ecosystems. Every plastic water or soda bottle that we buy contributes to ecological degradation in the form of micro plastic — those ...
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The Amazon’s Important, But Southeast Brazil’s Water Companies Need To Watch Forests Closer To Home:

World Resources Institute | By: Suzanne Ozment & Rafael Feltran-Barbieri | December 12, 2017: As The Guardian newspaper recently reported, chopping down trees in the Amazon rainforest decreases water supply to distant Sao Paulo, Brazil’s most populous city. Large-scale deforestation ...
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World’s Largest Water Diversion Plan Won’t Quench China’s Thirst:

Bloomberg News | 10 December 2017: $40 billion spent so far on aqueducts to feed northern cities. Government taps technology, boosts food imports to save water Autumn rains came too late to save the stunted stalks of Shu Xinguo’s corn ...
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One By One Big Hydropower Dams Disrupt Mekong River’s Free Flow:

Circle Of Blue | By: Keith Schneider | GPE – December 12, 2017: In unfolding global energy revolution, expensive and ecologically risky dams may not be right choice to generate more electricity. The bend in the Mekong River where Laotian ...
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Why Companies Should Dip Their Toes In Clean Water (And Sanitation) ~ The Private Sector And SDG 6:

Pacific Institute: By: Abbey Warner | GPE – December 10, 2017: “Companies seeking to manage water-related business risks can and should contribute to improved water management and governance that is also in the public interest. If done responsibly, integrating private ...
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California Is Burning & The Fires Won’t Stop Anytime Soon:

Clean Technica | By: Steve Hanley | December 07, 2017: Southern California is in flames. Wildfires are raging just north of Los Angeles, destroying whole communities just a short drive from downtown LA. Consuming everything in their path, the fires ...
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Malawi Hit By Blackout As Falling Dam Levels Drain Hydropower:

Reuters | By: Frank Phiri | December 07, 2017: Many parts of Malawi remained without electricity on Thursday after water levels at the country’s two main dams sunk to critical levels and affected hydro power plants, the power utility said ...
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Study ~ Arctic Sea Ice Melt To Exacerbate California Droughts:

Reuters | By: Timothy Gardner | December 05, 2017: Melting Arctic sea ice could render sun-soaked California vulnerable to a recurrence of the severe drought suffered in recent years as it is likely to cause high pressure systems that push ...
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