Science News reports that farmers and other residents pumping groundwater from Earth’s crust probably triggered an earthquake that killed nine people last year in southeastern Spain, scientists have found. Follow the link to read the full report.
India's Karnataka state has been told to release water from a disputed river to Tamil Nadu state.
A body which monitors the sharing of water from the Cauvery river directed Karnataka to release water between 16 and 31 October.
Last week Karnataka stopped releasing water from the river to Tamil Nadu, defying a court directive.
Both southern states say they need the water for millions of farmers. The dispute has been running for years. Follow the link for more details
Scientific American reports that "the worst drought to hit the United States in a half century expanded in the upper Midwest and northern Plains states in the past week due to warmer- and drier-than-normal weather, but loosened its grip on some central and southern areas of the country.
Nearly 65 percent of the contiguous United States were under at least "moderate" drought as of September 18, up from about 64 percent a week earlier, according to the Drought Monitor, a weekly compilation of data gathered by federal and academic scientists.
However, the portion of the country under "exceptional" drought - the most dire classification - declined slightly to 5.96 percent from 6.23 percent a week earlier".
Scientific American reports that some recently publicised research suggests that the world needs to find the equivalent of the flow of 20 Nile rivers by 2025 to grow enough food to feed a rising population and help avoid conflicts over water scarcity.
BBC News reports that the Burmese government has said that 85,000 people have been driven from their homes by heavy flooding.
The Irrawaddy Delta - where 130,000 people died in a cyclone in 2008 - has been worst affected.
Unusually heavy monsoon rains have inundated around 250,000 hectares of rice fields.