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The Stream, February 18: Ethiopia’s Planned Nile River Dam Could Affect Water Supply for Millions

Ethiopia is building a dam that will give the country control over the Nile River’s primary water source. The dam has far-reaching consequences for Ethiopia, Sudan, Egypt, and the millions of people who depend on the river, The Ohio State University’s Andrew Carlson reported, and raises questions about who owns the river.

Shifting Scarcity in Australia
CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, published a study mapping water availability around the country under five different climate-change projections. Water supplies in southwest Australia will be particularly scarce, ScienceNetwork reported, with disappearing surface water necessitating a shift to groundwater and desalination.

Unpredictable and Dangerous
Seasonal rains are unusually heavy in Zimbabwe, flooding communities, taking lives, and destroying property. A lack of weather monitoring and early-warning systems, Inter Press Service reported, makes flood damage worse.

Jamaican Hydropower
The Jamaican government is starting the latest in a series of studies on the country’s hydropower potential. Five sites will be reviewed in the study, The Gleaner reported, in another attempt to understand whether the country actually has the high-volume hydropower potential that some have suggested.

The Stream is a daily digest spotting global water trends. To get more water news, follow Circle of Blue on Twitter and sign up for our newsletter.

Author: Andrew Maddocks   is a Washington, D.C–based correspondent for Circle of Blue. He graduated from DePauw University as a Media Fellow with a B.A. in Conflict Studies. He co-writes The Stream, a daily summary of global water news.

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  1. […] The Stream, February 18: Ethiopia’s Planned Nile River Dam Could Affect Water Supply for Milli… ( […]

  2. the writer is not from Washington DC but from Egypt, The writer has a very non-sense, unfounded explanations… a journalist he failed ……

  3. The self-righteousness of nations that want to prevent a country from pulling it’s people out of poverty amazes me. You have to be a sociopath to be against Ethiopia developing cheap and abundant energy solutions.

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