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India to 'divert rivers' to tackle drought

India is set to divert water from its rivers to deal with a severe drought, a senior minister has told the BBC.

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Keeping Amazon fish connected is key to their conservation

Imagine a fish isolated in an Amazonian lake — part of the vast freshwater ecosystem of the Amazon basin, an ever-changing network of rivers, lakes and floodplains that extends to 1 million square kilometers (386,102 square miles).

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Saving Iran's Precious Lake Urmia

Iranian botanist Hossein Akhani wants to save this ecological treasure before it vanishes entirely

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Scientists discover new reef system at mouth of Amazon River

As large rivers empty into the world's oceans in areas known as plumes, they typically create gaps in the reef distribution along the tropical shelves--something that makes finding a reef in the Amazon River plume an unexpected discovery.

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Study: Crayfish may help restore dirty streams

AVONDALE, Pa., April 21 (UPI) -- A pair of researchers were trying to measure the effects of crayfish in small stream ecosystems. During their experiments, they happened upon a surprising result -- one that suggests the presence of crayfish is beneficial to a stream's health.

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Tree planting 'can reduce flooding'

Planting trees around rivers could reduce the height of flooding in towns by up to 20%, new research suggests.

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Many of world’s lakes are vanishing and some may be gone forever

Bolivia’s second largest lake has vanished into thin air. In December, Lake Poopó became a dry salt pan and its largest lake – Lake Titicaca – is heading towards trouble, too.

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Scientists warn of the dangers of salt pollution of freshwaters if preventive measures are not taken

A new article warns of the dangers of increasing water salinity for human health and freshwater ecosystems (rivers, lakes, etc.) and the economic cost arising from a lack of public policies to tackle this problem.

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Government approves plans to improve water quality of rivers in England

Eight river basin management plans will be inadequate to meet EU water pollution targets by 2021, says the ENDS Report

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Beavers a boon for Scottish environment

STIRLING, Scotland, Feb. 16 (UPI) -- In Scotland, beavers are better than no beavers -- at least for the environmental health.

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Bolivia's second-largest lake has disappeared

Once upon a time, it was Bolivia's second-largest lake. Today, it has all but vanished. New satellite images have confirmed this. The disappearance of Lake Poopó has dramatic consequences for wildlife - and people.

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Requiem for a river

GUO, the driver, pulls his car to a merciful halt high above a crevasse: time for a cigarette, and after seven hours of shuddering along narrow, twisting roads, time for his passengers to check that their fillings remain in place.

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Spanish water rights fight raises fears for Ebro delta

Environmentalists say one of Europe's most important wetland areas is under threat as Spain and Catalonia argue about the future of the Ebro river.

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Spanish water rights fight raises fears for Ebro delta

Environmentalists say one of Europe's most important wetland areas is under threat as Spain and Catalonia argue about the future of the Ebro river.

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Running dry

Feb 3, 2016- Yesterday, on the occasion of the World Wetlands Day (WWD), the nine-lake cluster of the Pokhara Valley—Phewa, Begnas, Rupa, Dipang, Gunde, Madi, Neurani, Kamal and Khaste—were formally listed on the acclaimed Ramsar Sites. February 2 marks the date of the adoption of the Convention ...

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Diminishing wetlands

Feb 2, 2016- Today the world marks the World Wetland Day. Since 1997 this day has been marked to increase public awareness to protect and conserve wetlands.

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World Wetlands Day 2016: Satellite images offer fascinating look at Earth's most precious resource – water

World Wetlands Day is celebrated every year on 2 February, the date in 1971 that the Convention on Wetlands was adopted in the Iranian city of Ramsar. Wetlands are areas of land that are permanently or seasonally saturated with water. They are vital environments for their often unique plant and ...

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Wetlands important to local economy

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) on Monday called for greater commitment to protecting wetlands, which serve as a critical source not only of biodiversity but also sustainable livelihood for local communities.

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Conserving the world’s rarest fish may mean letting it die out

The Devil’s Hole pupfish – claimed to be the rarest fish known – isn’t what we thought.

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Large dams threaten third of freshwater fish

A third of the world’s freshwater fish are at risk due to dams on three large rivers, researchers warn, calling for more rigorous construction planning to prevent biodiversity and socioeconomic losses.

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Global browning: Why the world’s fresh water is getting murkier

Your local lake or river is probably becoming muddier, which is bad news for fish and for our efforts to solve environmental problems

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Dam projects on world's largest rivers threaten fish species, rural livelihoods

Advocates of huge hydroelectric dam projects on the Amazon, Congo, and Mekong river basins often overestimate economic benefits and underestimate far-reaching effects on biodiversity, according to a new article.

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The status quo on Europe's mussels

Mussels are the natural treatment plants of bodies of water and, therefore, just as important as bees. Unfortunately, they are equally threatened: most of the world's mussel stocks are in decline and some species face extinction.

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A prescription to protect 'the Earth's kidneys'

Beijing has poured investment into its wetlands, and the past decade's protection and restoration efforts are paying off. That's not only in terms of healthier wetlands but also by raising awareness about environmental protection, and crafting a successful balance of preservation and ecotourism. ...

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Lakes warm worldwide

Temperature rise outpaces warming of atmosphere, and threatens aquatic ecosystems.

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Why one lake contains more than 1000 species of the same fish

The poster child for evolution may have finally revealed its secret. More than 1000 closely related but different species of cichlid fish live in Lake Malawi in south-east Africa – more than in any other lake in the world.

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Coexistence in the river delta

At the border between Togo and Benin, coexistence between people and animals hasn't been easy. A new biosphere reserve is helping.

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Piping plovers losing breeding habitat to wetland drainage

Piping plovers, a federally threatened species of shorebirds, are likely losing wetland breeding habitat in the Great Plains as a result of wetland drainage, climate change or both.

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Storks, apps and wild horses: protecting Austria's wetlands

Wetlands store large amounts of carbon and thus help to protect climate - but large areas are being lost to industry and agriculture. Austria is trying to change that - and is finding novel ways to protect its wetlands.

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Kenya's delicate Lake Nakuru under pressure from growing population

Lake Nakuru in Kenya is home to some of the world's most majestic wildlife: lions, rhinos, zebras and hundreds of bird species - including flamingos that famously blush the water pink when they gather in numbers

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Older than the dinosaurs: Lamprey fish return to UK rivers after 200 years

An ancient fish blamed for the death of a king and served as a traditional royal dish is returning to parts of Britain where it has been absent for 200 years.

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A diamond in the marsh: Saving the Lake Alaotra Gentle Lemur

Climb into a canoe at dawn, paddle into the reed beds of Madagascar’s largest wetland, and with luck you could see a unique primate: the Alaotra Gentle Lemur (Hapalemur alaotrensis).

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Marine mammals thriving in Thames

Ten years of public sightings show that large marine mammals are regularly found in the River Thames.

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Significant breath from streams, rivers

Running streams are key sources of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide, but why is it so? An international team of researchers has now published the answer.

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India conducts first official survey of Ganges dolphins

The conservation of dolphins in India’s holiest, but most polluted waterway, is under the spotlight as the country conducts its first official count of the freshwater species.

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Past water patterns drive present wading bird numbers

Wading bird numbers in the Florida Everglades are driven by water patterns that play out over multiple years according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey and Florida Atlantic University.

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Boreal peatlands not a global warming time bomb

To some scientists studying climate change, boreal peatlands are considered a potential ticking time bomb.

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California’s largest lake is slipping away amid an epic drought

ALONG THE SALTON SEA, CALIF. — The bone-dry lake bed burned crystalline and white in the midday sun. Ecologist Bruce Wilcox hopped out of his truck and bent down to scoop up a handful of the gleaming, crusty soil.

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Protecting South America's iconic golden dorado fish

A new study launched this month by University of Massachusetts Amherst fisheries biologist Andy J. Danylchuk, in collaboration with Argentina's Ministry of Environment and regional partners including Juramento Fly Fishing, Tigres del Rio, Fish Simply, and Patagonia Inc., is the first to assess t ...

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How rivers regulate global carbon cycle

River transport of carbon to the ocean is not on a scale that will solve our carbon dioxide problem, but we haven't known how much carbon the world's rivers routinely flush into the ocean, until now.

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England's water voles in desperate decline

English waterways could lose one of their most charismatic and once widespread residents as water voles succumb to the invasive American mink, records released by the Canal and River Trust show.

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Report lists Grand Canyon's Colorado River as most imperiled

TUSAYAN, Ariz., April 7 (UPI) -- According to conservation outfit American Rivers, the section of the Colorado River flowing through the Grand Canyon is most endangered freshwater way in the United States.

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A dammed future for Danube's giant fish?

The huchen - or Danube salmon - was once widespread throughout the Danube basin. But its natural habitat is shrinking as rivers are channeled for shipping and dammed for hydroelectricity.

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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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