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Saving India’s iconic river Ganga

The Ganga is India's most important and iconic river. It flows down from its glacial source in the high Himalayas to course through five states in the northern plains before draining into the swirling waters of the Bay of Bengal through the Sunderbans delta, the largest mangrove system in the world

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River health revealed in 'shocking' figures

Just 17% of England's rivers are judged to be in good health, according to Environment Agency figures.

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Where are the hotspots of plant diversity along boreal streams?

The patterns of plant species diversity along Swedish boreal streams are closely linked to flow of surface and sub-surface water.

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The world's largest freshwater lake is shrinking

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – In Russia’s Siberian south, near the border of Mongolia, the world’s largest freshwater lake is shrinking.

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Safeguarding Africa’s Wetlands a Daunting Task

HARARE, Mar 12 2015 (IPS) - African wetlands are among the most biologically diverse ecosystems on the continent, covering more than 131 million hectares, according to the Senegalese-based Wetlands International Africa (WIA).

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Red Sea water may not save drying Dead Sea

The Dead Sea could dry up by 2050. Israel and Jordan are planning to develop a pipeline from the neighboring Red Sea to solve the problem - but could this make the situation for the Dead Sea worse?

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Beavers on verge of living wild in England after being confirmed free of disease

First beaver colony to live free in England for centuries should be able to stay on Devon’s River Otter after being tested as clear of Echinococcus multilocularis

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Europe sounds alarm over freshwater pollution

Around half of Europe’s rivers and lakes are still polluted, a major environmental review has found, despite a 15-year-old target to restore all the continent’s waters to good ecological health by 2015.

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Biologists hunt for traces of DNA in rivers to help track elusive or invasive species

BELLEVUE, Wash. (AP) — When salmon, salamanders or other aquatic animals poop or shed skin cells, they leave behind traces of their DNA in the water, like clues left behind at a crime scene.

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Lake Tahoe research provides new insights on global change

A study on how natural and human-made sources of nitrogen are recycled through the Lake Tahoe ecosystem provides new information on how global change may affect the iconic blue lake.

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Aquatic plant has tiny genome but lots and lots of genes

BUFFALO, N.Y., Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Bladderworts are a genus of carnivorous plants that prefer freshwater environs or very wet soils. And as a new study finds, at least one bladderwort variety -- in terms of genomics, anyways -- does more with less.

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Thames study: Rivers can be a major source antibiotic resistance

Rivers and streams could be a major source of antibiotic resistance in the environment. A new study found that greater numbers of resistant bacteria exist close to some waste water treatment works, and that these plants are likely to be responsible for at least half of the increase observed.

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Aerial monitors shed light on reed die-back around Central Europe's largest lake

Researchers from the University of Leicester and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences have discovered a way to map 'reed die-back' using satellites and aircraft.

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Ramsar site that even migratory birds shun

KAPURTHALA: Not only has least diversity in bird species been observed at Kanjhli - the smallest Ramsar site of Punjab - but the wetland has been found to be in a bad shape during the recent Asian Water-bird Census (AWC).

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UN agency urges greater protections for ‘inland fisheries’ – a key source of global nutrition

29 January 2015 – The world's network of lakes, rivers and streams that provide fish and fresh drinking water to millions of people must be better managed in order to safeguard their ongoing contribution to healthy diets and the global economy, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organizatio ...

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Scientists puzzled, worried by rapid draining of Greenland lakes

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- Two subglacial Greenland lakes thought to be stable -- pockets of icy water accumulated over many years -- are now gone, drained in a matter of weeks. And scientists aren't exactly sure why or what it means.

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Lake Tahoe's tiny creatures dying off at dramatic rate: scientist

(Reuters) - The smallest critters who occupy the bottom of the cold, clear waters of Lake Tahoe are dying off at an alarming rate and scientists are trying to find the cause to protect the fragile ecosystem of the lake high in the Sierra

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Protecting Wetland

Despite conservation efforts, China's wetland has shrunk in the past decade, which calls for national action

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Great Lakes struggling with invisible threat of plastic microfibre pollution

Tiny synthetic fibres from clothes, cleaning cloths and consumer products are getting stuck inside fish in ways that other microplastics are not.

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Canal could turn Lake Nicaragua into ‘dead zone’

[SANTIAGO] The Interoceanic Canal that will run through Lake Nicaragua could kill life in the vast lake and have other serious effects on the country’s environment and economy unless safeguards are put in place, an independent international panel of experts has warned.

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Canada's acidic lakes are becoming 'jellified'

CAMBRIDGE, England, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- The acidification of lakes in Canada in recent decades, caused mostly by industrial pollution, is pushing freshwater habitat into "an entirely new ecological state," researchers say

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Rivers recover natural conditions quickly following dam removal

A study of the removal of two dams in Oregon suggests that rivers can return surprisingly fast to a condition close to their natural state, both physically and biologically, and that the biological recovery might outpace the physical recovery. In the end, the large pulse of sediment from dam rem ...

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Dams versus rivers - the global battle

A new 'State of the World's Rivers' database shows how the world's rivers have been impoverished by dams and their ecosystems devastated - and provides a valuable resource to help save river basins that remain in good health.

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Madagascar pochard, world's rarest bird, needs new home

The Madagascar pochard, the world's rarest bird, will not be able to thrive without a new wetland home. This is according to a study revealing that 96% of the chicks are dying at two to three weeks old. Conservationists say that human activity has driven the birds to one remaining wetland, but t ...

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China Focus: Shrinking wetlands highlight need for legal protection

BEIJING, Aug. 14 (Xinhua) -- The battle for the country's wetlands rages in China as farmers eager to boost meager incomes butt heads with government initiatives to preserve biodiversity.

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Turning the material choking Russian rivers into sustainable water technology

Science turns legacy of poor Soviet agricultural practices into opportunities for purification, better irrigation and healthier rivers

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Fish-eating spiders 'widespread'

Scientists have discovered that a number of spider species catch and eat fish.

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Mekong River region named global biodiversity hotspot by WWF after 367 new species are discovered in two years

A skydiving gecko, a fish with genitals in its head and a cave-dwelling spider that has lost its eyes are among the 367 new species that have been discovered in the Greater Mekong region of South East Asia over the past two years, according to the WWF wildlife charity.

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The most polluted rivers and streams in Europe

Europe's rivers are awash with organic chemicals that can kill or subtly harm aquatic life, according to the most extensive survey yet of pollution in the continent's major river basins.

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Britain's urban rivers cleanest in 20 years

Scientists have found that Britain’s urban rivers are the cleanest they’ve been in over two decades.

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History shows that parched Aral Sea can be restored

In less than a century, humanity destroyed the Aral Sea. It is one of the most emblematic environmental disasters. But now it seems the sea has collapsed at least twice before, and recovered both times.

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'Rock Snot' Has Been Native to Much of the World for Thousands of Years

A type of freshwater algae, known as "rock snot," that infiltrates river bottoms and clumps on rocks is not an invasive species introduced into waterways by humans, a new study finds.

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America's Most Endangered River: San Joaquin in California

As California's San Joaquin River meanders down from the Sierra Nevada across the Central Valley toward the San Francisco Bay, it loses water to farms and communities along the way. Now, amid drought, a national river conservation agency is calling on California to manage the San Joaquin's much- ...

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Europe dams its last wild rivers

Europe intends to slice through its last wild rivers with a series of dams. The new hydropower stations will deliver much-needed power to the region, but may also change the face of the Balkans forever.

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Partnership Protects America’s Largest Native Trout in Dry Nevada

Few places in the world keep their secrets as well as Northern Nevada. Ask anyone driving across the northern half of the state along U.S. Highway 50 (widely referred to as the “Loneliest Road in America”) what they saw, and the most common reply will be “a whole-lot-of-nothin’.”

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Huge water pulse to bring Colorado river back from dead

FROM above it looks like a meandering yellow scar. On either side lie lush green polygons – the irrigated fields of the Mexicali valley just south of the US border, where tomatoes, cucumbers and onions grow in what should be a desert. The dusty smear running in between used to be the Colorado ri ...

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Kerala Throttling its Golden Goose

ALAPPUZHA, (India), Mar 6 2014 (IPS) - Farming, tourism, poor fishing practices along with misdirected policies are muddying the famous backwaters of Kerala, one of India’s best known holiday destinations. Nowhere is this misuse more visible than in and around the 95-km-long Vembanad Lake.

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Wild beavers seen in England for first time in centuries

Footage of a family of beavers filmed in a Devon river is believed to be the first sighting of its kind in up to 500 years

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Namibia: National Wetland Policy On the Cards

Bwabwata — The Ministry of Environment and Tourism will in the next two years start to finalise the draft national policy on wetlands to provide the policy framework and guidance to the management of wetlands.

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Belarus designates three new Ramsar sites

MINSK, 31 January (BelTA) - The nature reserves Vydritsa, Kozyansky and Pripyatsky National Park have been included in the Ramsar List of Wetlands of International Importance, Natalia Minchenko, the head of biological and landscape diversity at the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment o ...

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Nine steps to save waterways, fisheries identified by researchers

The key to clean waterways and sustainable fisheries is to follow nine guiding principles of water management, says a team of Canadian biologists.

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Mexico's 'water monster' the axolotl may have vanished from natural habitat

Biologist says most recent attempt to net creature in the Xochimilco network of lakes resulted in none being found

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Hydropower Struggle: Dams Threaten Europe's Last Wild Rivers

Europe's last remaining wild rivers flow through the Balkans, providing stunning scenery and habitat to myriad plants and animals. But hundreds of dam projects threaten to do irreparable harm to the region's unique biospheres -- to provide much needed electricity to the people who live there.

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Nitrous Oxide Emissions in Streams and Rivers Examined

Jan. 14, 2014 — A relatively unknown, hidden, artificial stream, called a "flume," located in the basement of the Idaho Water Center at Broadway and Front streets in downtown Boise is the site of a collaborative research initiative by scientists from Boise State University and the University of ...

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Plankton beats insecticides at mosquito control

Improving the biodiversity of ponds and lakes in malaria-endemic regions could offer a powerful and sustainable way to control malaria.

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Extinction of Insects Affects Water Conditions

Dec. 9, 2013 — Biologist André Frainer shows in his thesis how important aquatic species richness is to the functioning of northern stream ecosystems. He defends his results at Umeå University in Sweden on December 6.

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China's Hongjiannao Lake receding at rapid rate

BEIJING, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- China's largest desert freshwater lake is drying up at an accelerated rate due to coal mining and climate change, researchers say.

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Lake clean-up leads to huge bird decline at sanctuary

Sometimes wildlife likes it dirty. When farmers in Northern Ireland cut the amount of fertiliser leaking from their land into Lough Neagh, the UK's biggest lake, the upshot was a dramatic decline in the number of migrating birds spending winter there.

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India's polluted Ganges River threatens people's livelihoods

The Ganges is India's holiest river, considered a source of spiritual purification for devout Hindus. But today the river is among the world's most polluted, struggling under the pressures of modern India.

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One of United Kingdom's largest lakes losing its bird population

BELFAST, Northern Ireland, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- The largest lake in Britain and Ireland has lost three-quarters of its winter water birds in the past decade, researchers at Queen's University Belfast say.

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