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Wisconsin judge affirms regulators can force factory farms to get preemptive pollution permits

A Wisconsin judge has affirmed that regulators can force factory farms to obtain permits before they discharge pollutants into state waters.
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Warming and drying climate puts many of the world’s biggest lakes in peril

A new global study of lakes shows water levels falling and finds a global warming fingerprint.

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Spain vows to block farming near threatened wetlands

Spain has vowed to block a regional plan to legalise farming near one of Europe's largest and fauna-rich wetlands, where water supplies have plunged due to climate change and agriculture.

Texas water plan relies on reservoirs

Texas water plan relies on reservoirs vulnerable to climate change, drought

Texas’ biggest single solution to providing enough water for its soaring population in the coming decades is using more surface water, including about two dozen new large reservoirs. But climate change has made damming rivers a riskier bet.
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Ranchers’ rebellion: the Californians breaking water rules in a punishing drought

Ranchers risk fines amid a clash over water rights, as regulators and Indigenous nations warn of environmental danger.

Wildfires burning away the West’s snow

Wildfires are burning away the West’s snow

A new study finds wildfires are burning more high elevation areas and dramatically impacting the West’s snowpack as a result.
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Elizabeth Kolbert: The lost canyon under Lake Powell

Drought is shrinking one of the country’s largest reservoirs, revealing a hidden Eden.
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