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A tale of 3 countries: water risks to global shale development

A tale of 3 countries: water risks to global shale development

Unlocking shale gas comes with a significant environmental risk: access to freshwater for drinking, agriculture, and industrial use.

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Melt of key Antarctic glaciers is now unstoppable, studies find

Melt of key Antarctic glaciers is now unstoppable, studies find

According to two new studies, a portion of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet appears to have entered a state of retreat and melt that is “unstoppable”.

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Dam it: Feds say US can double hydropower

Dam it: Feds say US can double hydropower

New DoE report shows that the Grand Canyon and other major gorges and rivers across US may be ideal for hydropower development.

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World's coal resources rapidly running out of water

World’s coal resources rapidly running out of water

Water risks are already impacting the world’s coal industry, including in Australia, but how will these change over time?

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US govt: Climate change threatens energy infrastructure

US govt: Climate change threatens energy infrastructure

Infrastructure that Americans rely on to heat their homes and power their lights are all becoming more exposed to failure in a changing climate.

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Running on clean energy: “Question of social and political will”

Running on clean energy: “Question of social and political will”

US has technology and logistical ability to convert to all-renewable energy sources by 2050—if it can manage to exercise necessary social and political will.

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Graph of the Day: Are we on the path to peak water?

Graph of the Day: Are we on the path to peak water?

Are we able to cut back on our usage as we edge nearer to the point of peak water?

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China's coal plant water grab – and why it's bad news for Australia

China’s coal plant water grab – and why it’s bad news for Australia

Unchecked expansion of coal-reliant industries is threatening China’s water resources; a reality Australia will need to deal with sooner rather than later.

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Water risk: Could China's coal industry run dry?

Water risk: Could China’s coal industry run dry?

HSBC Global report warns water could become a serious constraint on China’s coal industry, electricity production and economic growth in coming decades.

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Pendulum pump could help ease third world water woes

Pendulum pump could help ease third world water woes

New high-tech, hand-powered water pump has potential in Africa and other regions where water delivery remains an enormous hurdle to community health.

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Water scarcity could drive push towards wind and solar

Water scarcity could drive push towards wind and solar

Emissions controls will not be the only factor influencing our choice of future energy sources. The IEA and private analysts have pointed to the impending water crisis which could lead to stranded assets – particularly in coal and shale gas – and accelerate the push towards ‘dry’ technologies, like wind and solar PV.