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.
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.
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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