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Climate Change Causes Deadly Dehydration

LONDON

Researchers in El Salvador predict the kidney is going to be one of the prime targets as heat increases and re-hydration is difficult. They currently classify the new form of chronic kidney disease as “climate-sensitive”, which means that climate is one ingredient contributing to the epidemic.

Thailand not Concerned about China Mekong Survey

BANGKOK

Chinese officials are surveying the Thai section of the Mekong River in Chiang Rai province for a feasibility study but no decision has been made nor has any action been taken that should justify public concern in Thailand, according to the Thai government. It is reported that the survey is connected to cargo boat navigation and that there will be no environmental impacts.

 

Most Habitable Planets may be Completely Covered in Water

BARCELONA

When you imagine what a rocky, habitable planet ;looks like, it's easy to picture an alternate Earth where land and oceans exist in an ideal balance. Unfortunately, that's not necessarily how it will pan out in real life... in fact, you might be surprised if there's land at all.

Tankers will Replenish Supply to Wild Animals

GURGAON
Dry water bodies in the Aravalli range in Gurgaon and Faridabad will be replenished through tankers this summer by the Haryana forest department to prevent wild animals from straying into human settlements in search of water. Many wild animals, including leopards, have been straying into human settlements to quench their thirst.

Nestle in Trouble for Piping from US National Forest

PALM SPRINGS, CA

A little after 1 p.m. Sunday, a group of protesters dressed in bright colors and holding homemade signs, held hose posts for the rest of the afternoon, aiming to draw drivers’ attention to an effort to get Nestle Waters to stop piping water out of the San Bernardino National Forest.

Iraqi-American Doctor Who Revealed Flint Water Crisis Slams Trump at March for Science

WASHINGTON, DC

Among those who spoke out at the March for Science in Washington, D.C., on Saturday was Flint’s Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, an Iraqi-American doctor who discovered the connection between rising blood lead levels in the children of Flint, Michigan, and the switch to the Flint River as a water source. State officials initially dismissed her findings, but she refused to accept their denials. Dr.

World Powers Question Trump's Paris Agreement Intentions

NEW YORK, NY

China, the UK, the European Union and Brazil have all filed questions at the United Nations about the United States’ policies on climate change amid international concern that Donald Trump will withdraw the US from the historic Paris Agreement.

Climate Change is Making Algal Blooms Worse

STONY BROOK, NY

Researchers have long suggested that climate change could mean more damage from algal blooms — runaway growths of algae that can strangle marine ecosystems and devastate coastal economies. Now, a study has unpicked how warming ocean temperatures have already driven an intensification of blooms around North America — the first time this link has been established at an ocean scale.

Water Streaming across Antarctica Surprises and Concerns Scientists

PALISADES, NY

Researchers from Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory have found significant drainage of meltwater flowing across the continent’s ice sheets during summer in Antarctica. Until now, these streams of water were mainly associated only with Antarctica’s far north regions.

Southern White House is the Florida Key to Clean Water

TALLAHASSEE, FL

Florida Governor Rick Scott met with US President Donald Trump this week to talk about what's needed to get rid of polluted water along the Florida coastlines. The governor has said there's now a plan in place to clean-up water from Lake Okeechobee.

Gender Issues Highlighted in Bangladesh

KOCHUKHALI

A combination of tidal flooding, inundation by storm surges and saltwater intrusion has led to a rise in salinity in the groundwater and the fresh-water ponds. As a result, in the coastal area of Satkhira, potable water is a scarce and precious commodity.

Utah Mine Expansion Plans Challenged

SALT LAKE CITY, UT

The Wasatch Plateau is so perforated with tunnels and shafts that reservoirs are believed to leak into coal miners' underground chambers, resulting in floods that require perpetual pumping. For water users, this shuffling of water is fine — as long as the water remains within its original drainage.

UN Touts Anti-Cholera Initiative in Haiti

NEW YORK, NY

Since 2010, the cholera epidemic in Haiti has directly affected 805,000 people and taken the lives of more than 9,480 [official figures as of 11 March 2017]. The UN-backed national and international efforts have led to a 90 per cent reduction in the number of suspected cases of cholera compared with the peak of the epidemic in 2011.

Google Under Fire for Aquifer Withdrawals in South Carolina

CHARLESTON, SC

"Water wars" are erupting in South Carolina, and the withdrawals by high-tech companies like Google are very controversial. Google apparently uses one-tenth of the daily supply — about 4 million gallons - to cool the servers at its only South Carolina data center, in Goose Creek.

China's Environment Ministry finds Uneven Progress on Pollution

BEIJING

Efforts to tackle water pollution in China remain uneven with some areas worsening in 2016, while heavy metals and other pollutants continued to accumulate in Chinese soil, the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) said.

Wastewater Plants on Deadline for Improvement after Government Criticism

SHANGHAI
All Shanghai wastewater treatment plants are on a deadline to be upgraded, with an improvement program scheduled to start in September 2017. The plants are required to meet a top-level national emission standard after the city government was criticized for postponing upgrading from 2016 to 2020.

Mayor Urged to Deliver on Water Promises

HARARE

A city residents' group has demanded that Harare Mayor Bernard Manyanyeni immediately makes good on a pledge that the council stops charging fixed water tariffs to ratepayers who have not received supply from the council from before 2014. Manyenyeni told a council meeting last week that a resolution to this effect will be issued lateer in April.

 

US Offensive against Somali Militants Puts Humanitarian Efforts at Risk

MOGASDISHU

United Nations and aid officials warn that a new US-backed military offensive against Islamist militants in Somalia could undermine the massive international effort to help millions of people threatened by the worst drought there in more than 40 years.

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