5 reasons to rethink the future of dams

The United States must grapple with a legacy of 90,000 dams, many unsafe or unwanted.
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Oil drilling, possible fracking planned for Okvanago region—elephants’ last stronghold

Hundreds of oil wells could come to cover a huge expanse in Namibia and Botswana, in what has been called possibly the “largest oil play of the decade.”

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.

Dam building projects could fuel water stress in Middle East

While scientists warn of their negative impact on biodiversity, the autonomous Kurdistan Region is building multiple dams to respond to water insecurity. Local groups fear shortages and raised tensions could follow.

California's lakes are not 'magic ponds'

Young environmental activists from Extinction Rebellion rally for clean water in downtown Los Angeles.

Intensifying hurricanes are helping invasive species spread across the U.S.

More than a hundred species—including Asian swamp eels and zebra mussels—hitched a ride on Hurricane Isaias' floodwaters, scientists say.

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.

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.

In Pakistan, pandemic derails water, sanitation, and hygiene work

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


Honduran mine protestor shot and killed, others continue to await trial

A man who protested against a mining development in Honduras was shot and killed inside his home last week.

Nearly half of the U.S. is in drought. It may get worse

The most widespread drought in the continental United States since 2013 covers more than 45 percent of the Lower 48 states, federal scientists said.

COVID ravages Navajo Nation as Trump makes election play for area

Despite the reservation’s Democratic tendencies and its struggles amid the pandemic, the president is trying to woo Navajo voters.

Bio-threats pose growing risk for New Zealand, Pacific - new report

The various biological threats facing New Zealand, including contaminated food supply, pandemics or chemical weapons.

Droughts that start over the ocean? They're often worse than those that form over land

New research on ‘landfalling’ droughts could help provide early warnings for vulnerable communities.
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How Europe’s wood pellet appetite worsens environmental racism in the US South

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