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Baltimore Voters Ban Privatization of Water System

November 15, 2018 |

Baltimore’s public water system will remain just that, public. Voters there overwhelmingly supported an amendment to the city’s charter declaring the “inalienability” of its water and sewer systems, Reuters reports, effectively banning privatization—the first large city to do so. Calling it, “a historic victory for local control of water,…
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The Rain Fell Hard. Then a Wall of Water, Scrambling Tourists

November 10, 2018 |

The death toll from flash floods in Jordan rose to 12 on Saturday, and the kingdom’s main tourist attraction, the ancient city of Petra, was closed for cleanup after what local officials said was the biggest deluge in the area in decades. Friday’s floods struck several areas of Jordan, per…
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Croc Finds Wildlife Ranger Waist-Deep in Water

October 14, 2018 |

A wildlife ranger was killed by a crocodile Friday in Australia’s Northern Territory while gathering mussels with her family in a waterhole, police tell the AP . The indigenous woman was attacked in a remote area 28 miles southwest of the community of Yirrkala. The employment safety watchdog NT WorkSafe says…
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Texas Superintendent in Hot Water Over Black QB Quip

September 19, 2018 |

An East Texas school superintendent who wrote “You can’t count on a black quarterback” on a Facebook post publicizing a Houston Chronicle article says he thought he was replying to a private message. Lynn Redden is superintendent of the Onalaska Independent School District in the Piney Woods, about 75 miles…
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Food, Water to Be Airlifted to NC City Cut Off by Florence

September 17, 2018 |

With Wilmington cut off from the rest of North Carolina by still-rising floodwaters from Florence, officials plan to airlift food and water to a city of nearly 120,000 people as rescuers elsewhere pull inland residents from homes threatened by swollen rivers, the AP reports. The spreading disaster claimed additional…
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Top Cancer Researcher in Hot Water Over Financial Ties

September 9, 2018 |

One of the world’s top breast cancer researchers is taking heat after a New York Times and ProPublica report revealed he failed to list his financial ties to big pharma in major publications and elsewhere. Dr. José Baselga reportedly did not follow established guidelines for reporting such ties in articles…
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Back-to-School Surprise for Detroit: Dry Water Fountains

September 3, 2018 |

Some 50,000 Detroit public school students will start the school year Tuesday by drinking water from coolers, not fountains, after the discovery of elevated levels of lead or copper in the supply—the latest setback in a state already dealing with the consequences of contaminated tap water in Flint…
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The Next Big Bet in Fracking: Water

August 23, 2018 |

Fledgling companies, many backed by private equity, are rushing to help shale drillers deal with one of their trickiest problems: what to do with the vast volumes of wastewater that are a byproduct of fracking wells.
WSJ.com: US Business

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Water filled up the ground floor of most houses here in an hour

August 19, 2018 |

Dharamvir Singh is the leader of a team of six men tackling their latest tough assignment in the flood-ravaged southern Indian state of Kerala.
CNN.com – RSS Channel – World

It Kills in the Water, Is Like ‘Tear Gas’ on Land

August 16, 2018 |

Under increasing pressure to handle Florida’s brutal red tide , a toxic algae bloom killing hordes of marine animals and causing respiratory issues for some people, Gov. Rick Scott made the call. Late Monday, he declared a state of emergency in seven counties along the state’s southwestern coast, setting aside $ 1…
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