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Coverage of river basins since July 4, 2021.

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BC Liberals criticize NDP’s wildfire, heat dome responses Globalnews.ca

"...The plight of the residents of the British Columbia village of Lytton that was all but destroyed in a wildfire this summer gained political focus Thursday in the provincial legislature..."

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Kettle River waning under severe drought conditions

"...The Kettle River Basin, still at Drought Level 5, stands out against neighbouring watersheds at slightly lesser states of drought. Map: B. C..."

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There’s an ESG premium attached to BC’s natural gas

"...Natural gas produced in B. C. tends to have a much lower emissions intensity than natural gas produced elsewhere in North America..."

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Ancient flood that covered Fort McMurray area could offer insights into rapid climate change: U of A study

"...A flood that covered Fort McMurray and northeastern Alberta roughly 12,000 years ago could offer researchers insights into what drives rapid climate change..."

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UN weather agency: millions affected by climate change and extreme weather in Latin America and Caribbean

"...Increasing temperatures, changing rainfall patterns, storms and retreating glaciers have all had a profound impact on human health and safety, food, water, energy security and the environment..."

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Summer drought hurting animals in Southeastern B.C.

"...This summer’s heat waves are profoundly affecting wildlife and aquatic ecosystems across the Kettle River Basin, according to wildlife and water planning officials..."

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Manitoba ski resort latest victim of extreme drought, cancelling winter season

"...Last week, the Red River Basin Commission’s Steve Strang told 680 CJOB climate change is definitely making its impact felt this year on Manitoba's waterways. “Our waters are getting warmer, and with warmer water, we’re also seeing more algae blooms,” said Strang, “and we’re seeing changes in the entire ecosystem. “Our area, the Red River basin, our flows are down to about 53 per cent of what’s normal, and then the Winnipeg River, the largest river that adds to Lake Winnipeg — they’re down to 45 per cent, so that’s a substantial drop..."

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The impact of climate change on Kenya's Tana river basin

"..."But remaining within the goals of the Paris Agreement, which aims to keep global warming well below 2°C, ideally at 1. 5°C, would save many species. This is because large areas of the basin act as refugia from climate change..."

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Water resources: Defusing conflict, promoting cooperation

"...Rivers are lifelines for many countries. They create valuable ecosystems, provide drinking water for people and raw water for agriculture and industry. In the Global South in particular, there is strong competition for access to freshwater resources..."

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Boundary enters second-highest drought level

"...Groundwater levels are meanwhile dropping to levels last seen in the area in the summer of 2015, when the Rock Creek wildfire burned well in excess of 3,750 hectares of forest before it was contained. The more immediate threat to humans and fish is that surface water is fed by underground aquifers throughout the summer months..."

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Rethinking southeast asia's energy plans

"...A team of scientists based in Singapore showed that these two challenges can be decoupled. Their study, titled "Solar energy and regional coordination as a feasible alternative to large hydropower in Southeast Asia", recently published in Nature Communications, showed that there are more sustainable pathways to a clean energy future (refer to figure below)..."

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Study: constructed wetlands are best protection for agricultural runoff into waterways

"..."Currently, there's individual management or conservation practices, and those include cover crop, high-precision fertilizer application, reduced tillage, constructed wetlands and ravine tip management. Those are some of the different practices we considered," Hansen said. "But management of non-point sources is voluntary in the U..."

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Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about river basins.

National Water Policy Panel: How can a Canada Water Agency Deliver Water Security for Canadians?

"...Panel guests:John Pomeroy, Global Water Futures ProgramMerrell-Ann Phare, Centre for Indigenous Environmental ResourcesShawn Marshall, Environment and Climate Change CanadaDimple Roy, International Institute for Sustainable DevelopmentJon O'Riordan, formerly BC Ministry of Sustainable Resource Management Sandra Cooke, Canadian Water Network..."

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Mr. Bruce Knight: Catalyzing a National Ecosystem Services Market

"...Knight explains the history of the Ecosystem Services Market Consortium (ESMC) and details how ecosystem service markets can add incentives to motivate farmers and ranchers to improve soil health..."

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Ms. Pipa Elias: Non-Operator Landowners – Opportunities for Engagement on Soil Health

"...Elias joined The Nature Conservancy in 2014 as a Senior Policy Advisor for land use and climate change and has published more than a dozen reports on sustainable forestry and agriculture related to climate mitigation..."

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Ms. Pipa Elias: Non-Operator Landowners – Opportunities for Engagement on Soil Health (updated)

"...Elias joined The Nature Conservancy in 2014 as a Senior Policy Advisor for land use and climate change and has published more than a dozen reports on sustainable forestry and agriculture related to climate mitigation..."

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Academic Research

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The Great Glacier and Snow-Dependent Rivers of Asia and Climate Change: Heading for Troubled Waters

"...In high mountains and hills, the impact of climate change is clear, as seen in changes in agropastoral systems and the increasing occurrence of floods and droughts, with losses and damages already high..."

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Quantifying rain, snow and glacier meltwater in river discharge during flood events in the Manas River Basin, China

"...Hourly surface water inputs from rain, snowmelt and glacier ice melt to river discharge that lead to hydrologic extremes (flood events) may be of value for flood predictions, climate change risk assessments and other related applications..."

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Ethical issues and legal principles regarding joint management of shared river basins in the context of climate change and wate

"...Furthermore, the effects of climate change on river ecosystems in the Mediterranean region?namely drought, water scarcity, desertification, flooding, heat waves, soil salinization, invasive species?are leading to larger water stress periods and an overall reduction of ecosystem services..."

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Ensuring Water Security Under Climate Change

"...Increasing food and energy supplies will require more efficient water management all over the production and supply chains..."

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Interaction between surface water and groundwater in the Alluvial Plain (anqing section) of the lower Yangtze River Basin: envi

"...This study aimed to accurately understand the interaction between surface water and groundwater in the alluvial plain (Anqing section) of the lower Yangtze River basin..."

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The Technification of Irrigation as a Strategy of Community Resilience. Case Study: Pisque River Basin, Ecuador

"...The technification of irrigation improves the productivity of food and raw matter for the industry, so in the face of environmental and economic changes, civilizations have generated technologies that allow the access, conduction, distribution and application of water in production units, however, the technification has concentrated only on improving the infrastructure, while irrigation for the Andean communities in Ecuador is a system that is interrelated with nature, community and infrastructure..."

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Using Waternomics to Develop and Avoid Systemic Shocks to the Economy

"...Policy decisions should thus wed economic planning to water resources and pollution management; this concept is called ?waternomics?..."

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Trend Analysis of Annual, Seasonal, and Monthly Streamflow in Naula Watershed, Uttarakhand (India)

"...These findings would help in the efficient utilization of existing water resources under climate change in the study basin..."

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Using Earth Observations and GLDAS Model to Monitor Water Budgets for River Basin Management

"...Our research focuses on amounts of precipitation, evapotranspiration, storm surface runoff and change in terrestrial storage in the river basin for dry and wet seasons were calculated from remote sensing-based GPM IMERG, MODIS, and GRACE/GRACE-FO-derived GLDAS-CLSM model during the wet and dry seasons on 2004?2005, 2009?2010, 2014?2015, and 2018?2019 in Mahanadi river basin, India..."

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Studying the Water Scarcity in the Downstream Due to Factors in the Upstream?A Case Study

"...Many previous studies both nationwide and worldwide have indicated negative impacts of hydropower dams on land and water use, especially in Lower Mekong River Basin (LMRB)..."

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Wastewater-boosted biodegradation amplifying seasonal variations of pCO2 in the Mekong?Tonle Sap river system

"...Water pollution disrupts the ecological integrity of urbanized river systems, but its impacts on riverine metabolic processes and carbon fluxes are poorly studied in developing countries..."

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