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Report warns 21 Indian cities will run out of water by 2020

A new study by the Indian's government's policy think-tank Niti Aayog this week published some alarming statistics, warning that India is facing its worst-ever water crisis, with some 600 million people facing acute water shortage

Widespread uranium contamination in aquifers in 16 Indian states

Durham - A new study from Duke University found widespread uranium contamination in aquifer-drawn groundwater in 16 Indian states. The researchers point to over-drainage of these water-bearing bodies as a probable cause.

UPS expands its delivery fleet with 50 Workhorse electric trucks

Loveland - United Parcel Service announced it is partnering with EV-builder Workhorse to build electric delivery vans that could replace tens of thousands of vehicles in the package delivery company’s fleet.

Power plants' coal ash reports — Toxins leaking into groundwater

Utilities with coal ash ponds were required to complete water monitoring this year. Of the first 14 to file reports, 9 had 'significant increases' of toxic substances, including arsenic that may be leaking from unlined pits and contaminating groundwater.

India's arsenic-polluted drinking water causing cancer (Part 2)

In Part 1, we learned that millions of people are showing signs of arsenic poisoning linked to contaminated groundwater in India, particularly in Bihar State in the eastern part of the country. In Part 2, we look at the sources of that arsenic.

Study finds Earth's 'pristine' groundwater at risk of pollution

Vienna - Contamination brought about by human activity is creating a looming threat to the planet's groundwater resources, warns researchers in a new study published on Tuesday.

Chief architect for Fukushima ice wall — It is not water-tight

Tokyo - Japanese officials activated a portion of the mile-long ice wall built around the Fukushima Daiichi power plant several weeks ago in an effort to stop groundwater from reaching the reactors.

NY nuclear plant 65,000% radiation spike is worse than Fukushima

Buchanan - A radioactive flow from the Indian Point nuclear power plant is leaking into groundwater that leads to the Hudson River, raising the possibility that the U.S. may have its very own Fukushima-like disaster only 25 miles from New York City.

Bangkok 'could be submerged within 15 years' NRC panel warns

Bangkok - Thailand's capital city, Bangkok, could be submerged within 15 years, warns the nation's National Reform Council in a report issued last week. The committee says urgent action is needed immediately.

One-third of the world's groundwater basins are in distress

Civilization is rapidly draining some of our largest groundwater basins, yet we have no accurate data to let us know how much water is left. This means that many of the world's population are using water, not knowing it may run out, researchers conclude.

Bacteria are small, but how about ultra-small bacteria?

Microbiologists have captured in-depth microscopy images of ultra-small bacteria. These are the smallest bacteria ever identified.

Call for Nestlé to pay for groundwater extraction Special

Toronto - A consumer group has demanded that the British Columbia Premier call in Nestlé’s water rates for review. This is, the group insists, to protect Canada’s water supply.

Tree rings: California's drought history is not a happy story

Meteorologists were pleased with the heavy rains that pummeled California last week, but had to admit that it wasn't enough to improve the state's drought picture, calling the amount a "drop in the bucket." Actually, we have to get used to the drought.

Holiday Fla. sinkholes growing in number

Holiday - Several residents of the Pasco Mobile Home Park in Holiday, Florida have taken up temporary residence at a local hotel because of the fear of additional sinkholes forming in their neighborhood.

India farmers fight Coca-Cola as their groundwater disappears

Farmers in India fight Coca-Cola as their groundwater disappears at ten times the rate it used to; farmers blame the bottling line located less than a mile from their farms for depleting their water supply in area classified as "critical" for groundwater.

Dumping of groundwater from Fukushima plant starts in May

The Japanese government and Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) announced plans on Friday to start dumping groundwater from the crippled Fukushima Daichii power plant into the ocean, beginning as early as May 1, 2014.

Op-Ed: Keystone XL pipeline poses risks to environment, people (Part 2)

Calgary - Environmentalists warn that the environmental consequences of the Keystone XL pipeline projects will cause further unrest and action from protestors.

California's water is delicate, precious and overlooked Special

As the California landscape receives a healthy downpour of rainfall for this time of year, water management-system experts want to remind the public that water is a very precious necessity.

India's thirst adds to rising sea levels

India is pumping some 54 trillion litres of groundwater every year, enough to fill 21 million Olympic swimming pools, threatening a major water shortage and adding to already rising sea levels.
 

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People with wells are keeping an eye on groundwater levels in Maine.
People with wells are keeping an eye on groundwater levels in Maine.
EPA
Fishing boat at Kamaishi Fishery Port in Kamaishi City  Iwate Prefecture  Japan. September 1  2012
Fishing boat at Kamaishi Fishery Port in Kamaishi City, Iwate Prefecture, Japan. September 1, 2012
Aude
Diagram of proposed pumping of groundwater  treatment and disposal into the ocean.
Diagram of proposed pumping of groundwater, treatment and disposal into the ocean.
TEPCO
In addition to suffering from a long drought  Central California is depleting its underground aquife...
In addition to suffering from a long drought, Central California is depleting its underground aquifers.
Columbia University
New Hampshire coastal communutues are taking the risks of sea level rise  flooding and infrastructur...
New Hampshire coastal communutues are taking the risks of sea level rise, flooding and infrastructure deterioration seriously.
New Hampshire Coastal Adaptation Workgroup
Central US  north China Plains and north India and Pakistan are suffering from severe groundwater ex...
Central US, north China Plains and north India and Pakistan are suffering from severe groundwater extraction.
IAP
A rise in sea-level will affect ground-water flow in coastal aquifers (1). An increase in the elevat...
A rise in sea-level will affect ground-water flow in coastal aquifers (1). An increase in the elevation of the water table (dashed–blue line) may result in basement flooding and compromise septic systems (2). A rise in sea level may also result in an upward and landward shift in the position of the freshwater-saltwater interface (3). Where streams are present, an increase in the water-table elevation also may increase ground-water discharge to streams (4).
USGS
Rachel Coyte collects water samples from a well in Rajasthan  India.
Rachel Coyte collects water samples from a well in Rajasthan, India.
Avner Vengosh, Duke Univ.
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Brian Holsclaw, Coke bottle distribution area, Amritsar
Children collecting and using water at a well in Rajasthan  India.
Children collecting and using water at a well in Rajasthan, India.
Avner Vengosh, Duke Univ.