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Coverage of surface water since November 30, 2023.

World just experienced its hottest January on record: EU climate agency

"...The El Nino phenomenon began to weaken last month, and scientists have indicated it could shift to the cooler La Nina counterpart later this year. Still, average global sea surface temperatures last month were the highest for any January on record. Countries agreed in the 2015 Paris Agreement to try to prevent global warming surpassing 1..."

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BC Energy Regulator warns of potential water restrictions for oil, gas operators

"...The energy regulator says the drought during last summer and fall is impacting streamflows and groundwater levels on top of the lower-than-average snowpack..."

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How climate change contributes to wildfires like Chile's

"...At least 112 people have been killed by wildfires in central Chile, leading its president to declare two days of national mourning. The devastation comes soon after Colombia declared a disaster over wildfires. Scientists say climate change makes the heat waves and drought now hitting South America more likely and both contribute to wildfires by drying out the plants that feed the blazes..."

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Contamination from old Alberta coal mines raises cleanup questions Globalnews.ca

"...The findings, by provincial government scientists who were not made available to speak to reporters, raise questions about who is responsible for cleaning up legacy industrial sites. “Our results reveal novel evidence that coal mining activities in the Crowsnest River watershed have been impacting ecosystems downstream for decades,” says the paper, published recently in the journal Environmental Pollution. Its three authors, all employed by Alberta Environment and Protected Areas when the research was conducted, studied the Grassy Mountain and Tent Mountain sites in southwestern Alberta..."

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Contamination from old Alberta Rockies coal mines raises cleanup questions

"...“Our results reveal novel evidence that coal mining activities in the Crowsnest River watershed have been impacting ecosystems downstream for decades,” says the paper, published recently in the journal Environmental Pollution..."

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No recharge: long-term Prairie drought raises concerns over groundwater levels

"...But those measures address surface water. About 600,000 Albertans depend on groundwater, and scientists and rural officials say not enough is known about the effects years of drought have had on the unseen flows beneath our feet..."

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Defense Department to again target

"...The U. S. Department of Defense plans to install two more groundwater treatment systems at a former Michigan military base to control contamination from so-called forever chemicals, U..."

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Ocean biodiversity could be protected with green hydrogen byproduct, study shows

"...It's estimated that oceans have lost about two per cent of dissolved oxygen since the 1950s and are expected to lose up to four per cent by 2100. The loss rate can be more intense in some locations, such as coastal regions, and can lead to shifts in species distribution, reductions in fish stocks and biodiversity, and changes to nutrient cycling which drives increased greenhouse gas emissions or unusual algal blooms..."

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Possible frazil ice prompts flood watch for Trent-Severn Waterway in Peterborough area

"...On Monday, Otonabee Conservation reported that water levels on the Trent-Severn Water are higher due to December's mild weather, rainfall and snowmelt. “As increased flows enter the Kawartha Lakes, water levels will increase and result in potential breakup of ice cover and ice jams,” said Neil MacFarlane, flood forecasting and warning duty officer. “Flows on the Otonabee River have increased to convey the excess water within the system..."

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The link between climate change and a flood of rare outbreaks in 2023

"...“These are broadly the patterns that we would expect,” said Rachel Baker, assistant professor of epidemiology, environment and society at Brown University. “Things start moving northward, expand outside the tropics. ” The number of outbreaks Americans see each year said Colin Carlson, a global change biologist studying the relationship between global climate change, biodiversity loss and emerging infectious diseases at Georgetown University, “is going to continue to increase..."

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Saskatchewan farmers hoping spring rainfall will make up for lack of snow Globalnews.ca

"...Unless some areas receive extremely heavy snowfalls in the coming months, moisture levels are expected to remain at drought conditions. There is, however, concern of surface water supply issues in the southwest if winter snowfall is below average, the release read. In some cases, an above normal snowpack would be required to stave off extremely dry conditions..."

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Farmers suggest more drought precautions following provincial budget hit Globalnews.ca

"...“We need to do some work on the livestock side so that we aren't having these AgriRecovery settlements that aren't budgeting for so that we get a little bit better, sweeter programs to protect the livestock producer when they have issues that come up whether it be drought or disease to ensure that they have the coverage that they require. ”According to the Water Security Agency (WSA) freeze-up report, if the province doesn't see extreme amounts of snowfall this winter, the drought will continue into spring and summer 2024. There is, however, concern of surface water supply issues in the southwest if winter snowfall is below average, read a release from the WSA..."

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The ethics of space settlement - with Erika Nesvold

"...This is a video game, astrophysics simulator, artistic medium, and educational software all in one, and Erika has applied her computational astrophysics expertise to simulate everything from galaxy dynamics to surface water flow..."

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Recharge Net Metering

"...Recharge Net Metering (ReNeM) is a novel incentive program that encourages individual efforts to use excess surface water to improve groundwater supply and quality..."

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10. Safe Drinking Water: Science and Law

"...Aging water infrastructure, pesticide and herbicide application, and surface water runoff all pose challenges in maintaining a clean drinking water supply..."

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What Salt Concentrations in Surface Water Suggest about Frackings Environmental Impact

"...The discovery of hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking, is considered by many to be the most important change in the energy sector since the introduction of nuclear-generated electricity more than 50 years ago..."

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Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about surface water relevant to the latest news.

Identification of groundwater recharge and flow processes inferred from stable water isotopes and hydraulic data in Bilate Rive

"...This study investigates the groundwater recharge sources and groundwater flow paths using the stable water isotopes (?18O and ?2H) and measured groundwater levels in the Bilate River watershed, Ethiopia..."

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Environmental impacts of a sprawling rural city on drinking water supply and quality in view of population growth prognostics a

"...In recent years, the water supply has become problematic given the rapid population growth, lower annual precipitation rates due to climate change, and mismanagement of the water supply?demand strategy for near and future perspectives..."

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Synthesis and modification of slow-release fertilizers for sustainable agriculture and environment: a review

"...Specifically, imbalance and extensive utilization of urea fertilizers have enhanced greenhouse gas production and polluted the ground as well as surface water resources via volatilization, leaching, and eutrophication processes..."

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Inland Surface Waters Quantity Monitored from Remote Sensing

"...Most of the world's water demand relies on continental surface waters (rivers, lakes, wetlands and artificial reservoirs) while less on underground aquifers and seawater desalination..."

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Impact of Irrigation on Arsenic Mobilization in Groundwater from the Hetao Plain, Northern China: Evidence from Cl/Br Ratios an

"...Sixty-five samples were collected, including fifty-nine groundwater and six surface water samples, for hydrochemical and oxygen and hydrogen stable isotope analysis to assess the impact of irrigation on arsenic mobilization in groundwater in the study area..."

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Demarcation of subsurface water storage potential zone and identification of artificial recharge site in Vel River watershed of

"...The current study uses the integrated approach of geospatial, hydrogeological, and multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA) based on the influencing parameter for subsurface water storage potential zones and its artificial recharge structure in western India's semi-arid watershed..."

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Species diversity and spatial distribution of pelagic amphipods in Terra Nova Bay (Ross Sea, Southern Ocean)

"...A greater understanding of biodiversity and the roles of various species involved in Southern Ocean pelagic food webs is needed to predict and hypothesize about responses to future scenarios in relation to climate changes..."

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"...Recent years have witnessed substantial contributions from the Indian hydrology community, which include quantifying climate change impacts on water and carbon cycle at a basin scale, improvements in hydrological modelling and forecasting extremes, the introduction of novel physics-based data-driven approaches, urban flood modelling and the development of first-ever state-of-the-art flood early warning system among other notable climate services..."

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Spatio-temporal evaluation of surface water quality of Tawi watershed in the Himalayan region of Jammu (J&K, UT) using

"...In the present work, an investigation was performed based on the genera and species stated in Palmer pollution index to show the extent of organic pollution in the surface water of the Tawi watershed in the Jammu province of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir using algal pollution indices..."

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