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    World’s Freshwater Ecosystems Contaminated With Salt Pollution Despite Government Guidelines

    World’s Freshwater Ecosystems Contaminated With Salt Pollution Despite Government Guidelines

    Saltwater pollution of the world’s freshwater ecosystems caused by agriculture fertilizers, road de-icing salts, mining operations and climate change is on the rise, and the current water quality guidelines in North America and Europe aren’t stringent enough to prevent it. An international study conducted by scientists from Europe and North America found that freshwater lakes […]

    America’s Two Largest Water Reservoirs at Record Lows

    America’s Two Largest Water Reservoirs at Record Lows

    The federal government is expected to declare a first-ever water shortage in the Colorado River basin by next year at the latest –some believe the call could come this summer. The declaration would implement mandatory water cuts in Lower Basin states, three of the seven in the Colorado River Compact, Newsweek and NPR reported. The […]

    Lakes Are Losing Oxygen, Major Global Study Finds

    Lakes Are Losing Oxygen, Major Global Study Finds

    Climate change is contributing to falling oxygen levels in lakes across the world, according to a study published in the journal Nature Wednesday. Previous studies have shown falling oxygen levels in individual lakes, but this study is the first to look at so many lakes globally, as researchers gathered data from nearly 400 lakes in […]

    Climate Change Could Cause ‘Irreversible Impacts’ to Lake Ecosystems

    Climate Change Could Cause ‘Irreversible Impacts’ to Lake Ecosystems

    By Ayesha Tandon New research shows that lake “stratification periods” – a seasonal separation of water into layers – will last longer in a warmer climate. These longer periods of stratification could have “far-reaching implications” for lake ecosystems, the paper says, and can drive toxic algal blooms, fish die-offs and increased methane emissions. The study, […]

    Water Wars Are Heating Up Between States

    Water Wars Are Heating Up Between States

    By Robert Glennon Interstate water disputes are as American as apple pie. States often think a neighboring state is using more than its fair share from a river, lake or aquifer that crosses borders. Currently the U.S. Supreme Court has on its docket a case between Texas, New Mexico and Colorado and another one between […]

    One Third of Freshwater Fish Face Extinction, New Report Warns

    One Third of Freshwater Fish Face Extinction, New Report Warns

    The latest warning of the Earth’s mounting extinction crisis is coming from its lakes and rivers. A new report from a coalition of 16 conservation groups warns that almost a third of freshwater fish species face extinction because of human activity. “Nowhere is the world’s nature crisis more acute than in our rivers, lakes and […]

    Climate Change Could Cause Permanent Heatwaves in Lakes, Researchers Warn

    Climate Change Could Cause Permanent Heatwaves in Lakes, Researchers Warn

    Heatwaves are not just distinct to the land. A recent study found lakes are susceptible to temperature rise too, causing “lake heatwaves,” The Independent reported. For the first time, researchers showed how lakes experience heatwaves and are sensitive to variations in the climate, lead author Dr. Iestyn Woolway, a research fellow at the European Space […]

    Kenya’s Rift Valley Lakes Have Flooded Properties and Displaced Communities

    Kenya’s Rift Valley Lakes Have Flooded Properties and Displaced Communities

    By Wesley Langat Over the years, the Rift Valley lakes in Eastern Africa have been vital in supporting livelihoods of local communities who depend on fishing, farming and livestock keeping. Apart from being a UNESCO world heritage site, the lakes are also a major tourist attraction destination with rich flora and fauna. But recent rising […]