Water Pollution

Ash From Tonga Volcanic Eruption Still Poses a Threat

Many people in Tonga evaded the powerful waves set off by an undersea volcanic eruption, in some cases by sprinting inland or clambering up trees. But another problem settled over the island nation in a monochromatic blanket: an ash cloud unleashed by the blast. The challenges are both immediate and long-term. First, in the four […]

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Beaches Closed After 8.5 Million Gallons of Sewage Spill in Los Angeles County

About eight and a half million gallons of untreated sewage have spilled into a flood-control waterway in Los Angeles County since Thursday afternoon, prompting at least five beaches to close, an official with the Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts said. “It is a lot,” said Bryan Langpap, a spokesman for the agency. “That’s the biggest […]

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Canada and Indigenous People Settle Over Drinking Water

TORONTO — The Federal Court of Canada approved a multi-billion-dollar legal settlement that requires the government to take swifter action to clean up contaminated drinking water on Indigenous reserves and to compensate First Nations for the decades they have gone without access to clean water. Under the settlement, released by the court late Wednesday, the […]

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India’s Modi Brings Tap Water to Millions as Supplies Shrink

IMLIDOL, India — The pipes are laid, the taps installed and the village tank is under construction — all promising signs that, come spring, Girja Ahriwar will get water at her doorstep and finally shed a lifelong burden. “I go out and put the jerrycans in the queue at around 5 a.m. and wait there […]

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