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Tajikistan, "House of Water," where half of the population lacks access to water

Despite Tajikistan's natural water wealth, according to a 2018 UN study, Tajikistan ranks 156th among 177 countries in the world in terms of its population's access to drinking water.

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What has the Trump administration meant for water?

By narrowing or repealing federal rules, the Trump administration has prioritized big business and reduced pollution protection for waterways.
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2020 Election: Water decisions pepper state and local ballots

A hodgepodge of constitutional amendments and ballot measures seek to move water policy at the state and local level.
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In Pakistan, pandemic derails water, sanitation, and hygiene work

Government focus on COVID comes at the expense of other public health projects.

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Michigan allocates $20 million to relieve customer water debts

Michigan is using federal CARES Act funding to help residents pay off past-due water bills that accrued during the pandemic.
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House Democrats ask CDC to halt water shutoffs during the pandemic

CDC already moved to suspend evictions. Could water service be the next target for a national moratorium?

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One Michigan county tells the story of a nation plagued by water pollution

Farms housing thousands of animals are one of several sources contaminating the Pine River and dividing a mid-Michigan community.

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Western wildfires damage, contaminate drinking water systems

As they tear through forests and developed areas, fires in California, Oregon, and Washington have destroyed water infrastructure and released chemical contaminants.

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Removing carbon from air, which increases water use, is no simple climate fix

Certain ways of drawing carbon out of the atmosphere come with substantial tradeoffs for water use, water quality, and food production, study finds.
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In Michigan, rising lake levels disturb sacred ground

Along Lake Michigan’s shores, rising waters are eroding Indigenous Odawa burial sites.
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As pandemic amplifies financial stress for water utility customers, North Carolina announces financial aid

State-ordered shutoff protections have expired, customer debt is rising, and some utilities face revenue shortfalls.

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Hurricane Laura critically damages Louisiana drinking water facilities

Nearly a week after the Category 4 storm, dozens of water systems are not operating, and about 20 suffered significant damage. It may be weeks before they are repaired.

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COVID-19 outbreaks in prisons underscore need for reform

Unsanitary conditions and secrecy contribute to the spread of disease, experts say. 
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The dangerous fringe theory behind the push toward herd immunity: Derrick Z. Jackson

Resumption of normal life in the United States under a herd immunity approach would result in an enormous death toll by all estimates.

My urban nature gem

Thanks to the Clean Water Act and one relentless activist, Georgia's South River may finally stop stinking.

Dust from your old furniture likely contains harmful chemicals—but there’s a solution

Researchers find people's exposure to PFAS and certain flame retardants could be significantly reduced by opting for healthier building materials and furniture.

Hormone-mimicking chemicals harm fish now—and their unexposed offspring later

Fish exposed to harmful contaminants can pass on health issues such as reproductive problems to future generations that had no direct exposure.

How Europe’s wood pellet appetite worsens environmental racism in the US South

An expanding wood pellet market in the Southeast has fallen short of climate and job goals—instead bringing air pollution, noise and reduced biodiversity in majority Black communities.

America re-discovers anti-science in its midst

Fauci, Birx, Redfield & Co. are in the middle of a political food fight. They could learn a lot from environmental scientists.

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