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The Japanese government plans to open a robot-run super farm in the tsunami-hit Miyagi prefecture, Wired UK reported. The so-called “Dream Project” will feature unmanned tractors and robotic farmers, and will channel back the carbon dioxide produced by the machinery to crops to boost their growth. Canada’s natural resources minister accused opponents of a project […]

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Houston’s ailing pipeline system lost more than 18 billion gallons of water during the height of last year’s Texas drought, Houston Chronicle reported. There are no clear studies on the environmental impacts of Sudan’s multi-billion dollar Merowe Dam on the Nile River, Inter Press Service reported. Scientific American explains the environmental toll of meat consumption. […]

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California’s Aral Sea? The vanishing Salton Sea figures large in a court battle over how Southern California gets its water, with huge costs for human health, ecological health and agricultural production, Associated Press reported. And check out again Brent Stirton’s images from the Imperial Valley and the Coachella Valley in California. Shale gas exploration in […]

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The European Commission will give Pakistan additional $8.96 million for emergency relief efforts in the flood-stricken Sindh Province, the South Asian News Agency reported. A second successive year of flooding is affecting more than 5.4 million people in Pakistan and has so far displaced more than 1.8 million. More and more regions around the world […]

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After financing about $9.3 billion of hydropower in Africa, China is now heavily investing in other renewable technologies on the continent, according to Bloomberg and International Rivers. Meanwhile, Grist reported that hefty loans from the Chinese Development Bank are helping Chinese solar companies push U.S. solar firms out of the market. How did China come […]

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Climate change became a hot-button issue at a recent U.N. Security Council meeting.

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The water recycling system deployed to clean the tainted water in Japan’s damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant was halted for repairs after a brief run on Monday, the Associated Press reported. The contaminated water could overflow by early July if the recycling system fails or other storage options are not enough. Despite the growing anti-nuclear […]

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Lake Turkana - Water Conflict

Severe droughts have added stress to an ongoing dispute between two neighboring ethnic groups near Lake Turkana — the border between the two nations — which has culminated in a series of violent attacks.

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The African country reaches out to its Nile Basin neighbor.

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A new report furthers the hypothesis that water stress serves as a catalyst for conflict.

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A weekend meeting of the Nile basin water ministers does not resolve treaty impasse.

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The Guinea worm has the potential to become the second completely eradicated disease in human history—but the political stability of one African nation will play a crucial role.

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Egypt and Sudan have rejected the proposed Nile Basin agreement as it stands, while the other seven members vow to press on.

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Growing supply and demand gaps.

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Circle of Blue introduces the first contributing column from Dr. Paul J. Sullivan, an expert on resource conflict in the Middle East and parts of Africa. In his first piece, Sullivan discusses the water crisis in one of the world’s most spotlighted failing states — Sudan.

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Many joint economic development projects have been completed, but an agreement on cooperative management of the river basin has not been signed.

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Area nearly the size of France purchased, leased for food production around the world. Africa, South America, parts of Europe targeted by cash-rich, food-poor nations

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Sudan-Farmland-290Qatar furthers the trend of Gulf Arab Countries off-shoring their agricultural production to secure food supplies for its citizens and other populations in the Middle East and Northern Africa.

Qatar’s Hassad Foods signed a deal last week, worth potentially $1 billion, to develop 20,000 acres of land in northern Sudan, Reuters reports. Cultivation could expand to 250,000 acres.

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Last week, the water ministers of the nine Nile River Basin countries postponed the signing of a new water-sharing treaty that has already flamed up diplomatic tensions between upstream and downstream nations in the region.

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Kenya is planning to put electric fences around its major national parks and to increase the number of armed guards to protect water resources from farmers

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