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Sewage plants are leaking millions of tiny plastic beads into Britain’s seas

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Microplastics used in wastewater plants could be contributing to the problem of plastic pollution in oceans, according to the report. Photograph: Sandy Young/Alamy Stock Photo

The plastic beads used for filtering sewage are hard to spot and pose a risk to wildlife, according to a new report

October 11, 2017 — Sewage plants are contributing to plastic pollution in the oceans with millions of tiny beads spilling into the seas around the UK, according to a new report. Continue reading Sewage plants are leaking millions of tiny plastic beads into Britain’s seas

Hindu festival chokes Indian waterways with flowers and idol debris

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Indian workers remove religious offerings from the Yamuna river in Delhi. Photograph: Money Sharma/AFP/Getty

Environmentalists say holy ceremonies such as 10-day Durga Puja overwhelming already polluted Yamuna river

October 3, 2017 — Sections of a major river in Delhi are choking with plastic, flowers and debris after an annual Hindu festival in which hundreds of idols were immersed in Indian waterways. Continue reading Hindu festival chokes Indian waterways with flowers and idol debris

Plastic fibres found in tap water around the world, study reveals

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The average number of fibres found in each 500ml sample ranged from 4.8 in the US to 1.9 in Europe. Photograph: Michael Heim/Alamy

Tests show billions of people globally are drinking water contaminated by plastic particles, with 83% of samples found to be polluted

September 6, 2017 — Microplastic contamination has been found in tap water in countries around the world, leading to calls from scientists for urgent research on the implications for health. Continue reading Plastic fibres found in tap water around the world, study reveals

Perth ramps up groundwater replenishment scheme to drought-proof city

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By 2060, one fifth of Perth’s water supply is expected to be replenished groundwater. Photograph: Martin Godwin for the Guardian

Recycled water pumped into underground aquifers as part of plan to make Perth’s water supply ‘climate independent’ by 2022

May 29, 2017 — Perth is pumping recycled water into the underground aquifers that provide its drinking water supply as part of a strategy to drought-proof the city against climate change. Continue reading Perth ramps up groundwater replenishment scheme to drought-proof city

UK farmers call for cross-country pipelines after driest winter in 20 years

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Hollowell reservoir, Northants, in September 2014 after a very dry 10 months. Farmers are bracing themselves this year for a long, parched summer. Photograph: Paul Marriott/Alamy Stock Photo

Farmers and conservationists warn of water shortage, with ‘water shunting’ from wet north to dry south seen as one solution

May 12, 2017 — Farmers are warning that water may have to be transferred across Britain after an unusually dry winter and spring left more than four-fifths of rivers with too little to support local growers. Continue reading UK farmers call for cross-country pipelines after driest winter in 20 years

Climate change taking big bite out of alpine glaciers

Grosses Wiesbachhorn Gletscher Österreich (Bob Berwyn)
Grosses Wiesbachhorn Gletscher Österreich (Bob Berwyn)

Across the Alps, glaciers have lost half their volume since 1900. And there is no letting up: Melting has accelerated since 1980. Most Alpine glaciers will be gone by the end of this century, scientists say.

April 17, 2017 — “It’s almost time to say farewell to our glaciers,” Austrian mountain farmer Siggi Ellmauer said, looking at the craggy summits across the Pyhrn valley. After a tour of the nature camp he’s building for school kids, Ellmauer talks about how climate change is reshaping his world. Continue reading Climate change taking big bite out of alpine glaciers

2 billion people drinking contaminated water – WHO

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Hundreds of thousands of people die each year because they are forced to drink contaminated water, the World Health Organization says, urging large investments to help provide universal access to safe drinking water

GENEVA, Switzerland (Apr. 13, 2017) — Dramatic improvements are needed in ensuring access to clean water and sanitation worldwide, the World Health Organization said Thursday, April 13, warning that nearly two billion people currently use fecal-contaminated water. Continue reading 2 billion people drinking contaminated water – WHO

Water relief for 8,000 thirsty elephants neglected by Zimbabwe

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Elephants heading towards a waterhole in Hwange national park. Photograph: Alamy

Boreholes set up by local conservationists are saving drought-stricken elephants in Hwange national park

January 11, 2017 — As a drought-inducing El Niño settled over southern Africa in 2016, the animals of Hwange national park in Zimbabwe faced desperate water shortages.  Continue reading Water relief for 8,000 thirsty elephants neglected by Zimbabwe

Shrinking glaciers cause state-of-emergency drought in Bolivia

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Bolivians in La Paz fetch water from a tanker truck provided by officials of the Bolivian public water company, Epsas. Photograph: Martin Alipaz/EPA

Three main dams supplying water to La Paz and El Alto are no longer fed by Andean glaciers and have nearly run dry

November 28, 2016 — The government of Bolivia, a landlocked country in the heart of South America, has been forced to declare a state of emergency as it faces its worst drought for at least 25 years.  Continue reading Shrinking glaciers cause state-of-emergency drought in Bolivia

South African national park to kill animals in response to severe drought

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There are about 47,000 buffaloes in Kruger national park. Photograph: Dolf van Zuydam/AP

About 350 hippos and buffaloes under threat in Kruger national park to be killed in attempt to prevent animals suffering

September 14, 2016 — Rangers in South Africa’s biggest wildlife park are to kill about 350 hippos and buffaloes threatened by the impact of a severe drought.  Continue reading South African national park to kill animals in response to severe drought