Rivers course across the land all over the globe, moving water from underground springs or mountain snow melt into lakes and the Earth's oceans. Rivers help erode the land and carry nutrients out to the oceans. When spring rains are abundant or a large amount of snow melts, rivers can swell and flood their banks. Rivers provide drinking water, hydroelectric power and a transportation route. For the latest news involving issues with rivers, read below.
New Zealand's Whanganui River and the Ganga and Yamuna Rivers in India have been given the right to "sue" over issues like pollution. The challenge now is to ensure these legal rights are enforced.