Amazon river dolphin risks extinction if Brazil moratorium not renewed

A lapsed moratorium protecting the Amazon river dolphin is up for renewal, but the Bolsonaro administration has delayed acting.

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Smarter irrigation could feed millions more

US researchers have calculated that accessing untapped freshwater around the world would allow farmers to feed 620 to 840 million more people without depleting water resources or expanding agriculture into natural ecosystems.

NZ's freshwater at risk, report shows

The latest triennial report on the state of New Zealand's freshwater resources paints a dire picture of an environment under threat of destruction.


Indigenous knowledge puts industrial pollution in perspective

A 3-year project documents how climate change is affecting the sequestration of decades-old mining by-products in Canadian lakes.

Climate change still threatens key US river after wet winter

For the seven states relying on the Colorado River, which carries melted snow from the Rocky Mountains to the Gulf of California, the future will hold increasingly less water for farms and cities.


‘It’s all driven by salmon:’ The push to protect the Pitt River

The Coquitlam area river and its tributaries are under attack. But advocates are working to repair the damage.

Running Dry: Competing for water on a thirsty planet

Around the world, fresh water is fast becoming a dangerously scarce resource, driving a surge in fights to secure supplies and fears over rising numbers of deaths in water conflicts.

Border water is the biggest climate change issue no one's talking about

Border water will be at the center of climate change diplomacy. It may pull nations together, or lead them into war.

Rising CO2 affecting freshwater three times faster than saltwater

As carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere rise, more CO2 is absorbed into our oceans, making them more acidic. We know the problems this has caused in the saltwater environment. Now, rising CO2 levels are also affecting some freshwaters, too.


US rivers need a diet of lower salt—or our drinking water will suffer

As an Arctic blast of cold sweeps through most of the U.S., many of us see the salt trucks working hard to keep us safe—however, this generous spreading on the roads is part of a much larger problem in our water.

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