A river runs through it — and Uncle Sam isn’t far behind. That’s what several Republican lawmakers and even state farming groups and local governments are warning, after a draft rule from the Environmental Protection Agency proposed expanding which waterways are federally protected under the Clean Water Act. The concern is that the move could give the feds authority over… Read more →
Driven to despair, survivors of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines turned to looting in search for food, water and medicine amid reports of warehouses and shops attacked in the aftermath of one of the strongest storms ever recorded. As essential supplies dwindled, tensions rose. Since the storm hit the islands five days ago, residents have broken into homes, shops and… Read more →
In February, six students on snowshoes battled as much as 12 feet of snow to penetrate into the heart of the American River basin. Moving through dense forests and meadows, they mounted 90 iPhone-sized machines, designed to measure everything from soil moisture to temperature and relative humidity, onto 16-foot poles that beam data to researchers like Steven Glaser, a professor at… Read more →
Officials say the number of pig carcasses found in Shanghai’s Huangpu River has risen to nearly 6,000. In a statement, Shanghai authorities said that 5,916 dead pigs had been removed from the river by Tuesday. But they said water from the river was safe, with water quality meeting government-set standards. It is believed that the pigs may have come from… Read more →
Impax Asset Management’s Simon Gottelier says emerging and developed markets are severely under-invested in water infrastructure and discusses the companies poised to benefit from increased funding.
www.FaceTheFactsUSA.org — Americans use more water per person than citizens of any other country — 457,018 gallons per head per year.
This piece is part of Water Grabbers: A Global Rush on Freshwater, a special National Geographic Freshwater News series on how grabbing land—and water—from poor people, desperate governments, and future generations threatens global food security, environmental sustainability, and local cultures. Suresh Ponnusami sat back on his porch by the road south of the Indian textile town of Tirupur. He was not rich, but… Read more →
New technologies, dwindling resources and explosive population growth in the next 18 years will alter the global balance of power and trigger radical economic and political changes at a speed unprecedented in modern history, says a new report by the U.S. intelligence community. The 140-page report released today by the National Intelligence Council lays out dangers and opportunities for nations,… Read more →
A terrorist attack on the U.S. power grid could be more destructive than superstorm Sandy, possibly costing hundreds of billions of dollars and leading to thousands of deaths, the National Academy of Sciences said. While such an event probably wouldn’t kill people immediately, it could cause widespread blackouts for weeks or months, according to a recently declassified report released today by the… Read more →