England’s waterways as polluted as they were 4 years ago

Only 16% of rivers, lakes and coastal waters meet minimum ecological criteria, agency says.

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Call for urgent action to protect rivers and lakes in England as all fail new pollution standards

All rivers and lakes in England have failed to meet new stricter standards for pollution, according to official data which has prompted calls for urgent action.


George Monbiot: The government is looking the other way while Britain's rivers die before our eyes

You can judge the state of a nation by the state of its rivers. Pollution is the physical expression of corruption. So what should we conclude about a country whose rivers are systematically exploited, dumped on and bled dry?


More than 500 dams planned in protected areas around the globe, study finds

The study is the first of its kind to quantify the global extent of dams constructed in protected areas, which can include indigenous areas, nature reserves, and national parks.


Australia's water market is excluding Indigenous people, study finds

Aboriginal people hold less than 1% of all water licences in Australia, a form of economic and cultural dispossession that needs urgent redress, according to a major study of water rights in the Murray-Darling Basin.


In India, there's water everywhere, and nowhere

A 2,400-mile trek across India reveals the allure of its sacred rivers—and a crisis that threatens a way of life.

Humans a more immediate threat to large river systems than climate change

Climate change promises to disrupt a variety of natural systems across the globe, but new research suggests human activities pose a more immediate threat to the planet's largest river systems.

One of world's rarest dolphins rebounding in Pakistan

Rescue efforts have boosted the Indus dolphin’s numbers, but dams on the Indus River continue to disrupt the marine mammal’s movements.

Vincent Kneefel, John Duncan: Why we will never be able to recycle or incinerate away ocean pollution

Effective, coordinated global actions and solutions are needed to address marine plastic pollution - only then can we achieve healthy oceans, for a healthy planet and society.


A canal that opened the Montana prairie may soon dry up

An early 20th-century federal water project irrigated the prairie to create farms and towns in eastern Montana. But it needs a $200 million overhaul.

For this tribe, saving a river means saving the sturgeon

The Yakama Nation has been raising fish to release back into the Columbia River for more than a decade. Now, its hatchery is also producing caviar.
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Seven out of 10 Quebec municipalities still contaminating their rivers: Report

Three years of studies have revealed that seven out of 10 Quebec municipalities are still contaminating their rivers.


Asia's plastic-polluted rivers pose a problem for Australia. So scientists are turning to drones

Experts warn plastic pollution originating along a river like the Mekong, may make its way out to the sea, and ultimately "could end up on Australian shores."


The problem America has neglected for too long: Deteriorating dams

Aging, poorly maintained structures put thousands at risk—and climate change is only making things worse.

Research: 'Substantial quantities' of microplastics from tyres contaminating rivers and oceans

Vehicle tyres have been confirmed as a leading source of microplastic pollution in the ocean and rivers, according to scientists.

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