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The Stream, October 1: India Sees Consecutive Years of Drought For First Time In Three Decades

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The  Global Rundown

The Global Rundown

Below-normal monsoon rains this summer left India in a drought for the second year in a row. Zambia’s former vice president blamed poor water management for the country’s hydropower troubles. A new report from an international medical organization detailed the high costs of chemicals in the environment. Forecasters warned that heavy rains along the East Coast of the United States could compound flooding problems if a nearby hurricane hits. And a new type of porous concrete could help cities absorb more stormwater.

“What we have now is a weak regulator sitting between two puppies drinking milk from the same saucer.”–Guy Scott, former vice president and current member of parliament in Zambia, on what he sees as poor management of water resources in the Lake Kariba reservoir, where declining water levels are forcing the country to cut hydropower output. (Bloomberg)

By the Numbers

By The Numbers

14 percent Monsoon rain deficit in India from June through September, marking the first consecutive drought in the country in three decades. Reuters

3,997 liters Amount of water, per minute, that can be absorbed by a new type of porous concrete. The material could be used to improve stormwater management. Climate Progress

Science

Science, Studies, And Reports

Environmental toxins in air, food, water, and soil contributed to childhood diseases that cost more than $US 76 billion in the United States in 2008, according to a new report outlining the risks posed by chemicals released into the environment. The report, released by the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics, also noted that chemical manufacturing is expected to grow fastest in developing countries. Reuters

On the Radar

On The Radar

Heavy rains have saturated the East Coast of the United States just as Hurricane Joaquin is poised — maybe — to strike from the Atlantic. Pressure systems across North America could also contribute to high surf along the coast. Bloomberg

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CA Drought Dire, Greek Default Closer, Fed Cannot Raise Interest Rates

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Almost 100% of California is in a severe drought. Many parts of the West are also experiencing drought, but California is ground-zero. This is a huge food growing region, and the state has just started restricting water to agriculture. This is a vast problem not only for the U.S. but the entire world, and there is no end in sight.

The Greek debt crisis got kicked into a higher gear and is speeding for default and disaster. Technically, I think the Greeks have already defaulted long ago because they are borrowing more and more money to pay their debts. This week, the Greek politicians said debt owed to the EU was “illegal and illegitimate.”

The Federal Reserve will not be raising rates, and it has reduced the growth estimates it had. Gregory Mannarino says the Fed “cannot and will not be raising rates because it can’t.” He points to recent so-called core inflation rates just announced of .1%. Of course, it’s much higher than that, but Mannarino says the Fed is only worried about the “core rate.” There is no growth and if the Fed raised rates, it would implode the economy.

Join Greg Hunter of USAWatchdog.com as he analyzes these stories and more in the Weekly News Wrap-Up.

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Increasing water bills in Amarillo

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As summer approaches, water bills rise. But do residents really know why? Pronews 7’s, Chelsea Goss, reports.

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