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Countries in eastern Africa, the Middle East, and Asia are most at risk of war due to a lack of cooperation over transboundary water resources, according to a report from the Mumbai-based Strategic Foresight Group. The report also argues that countries involved in meaningful cooperation over water resources are less likely to experience conflicts over […]

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Running Out of Water Some regions of Namibia could see their crop production drop 50 percent below average due to the country’s worst drought in 30 years, the Associated Press reported, citing Namibia’s president. Approximately one third of Namibia’s population faces severe or moderate food insecurity, according to a UNICEF report. Towns in Texas are […]

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Canada Floods One of the worst floods in Calgary’s history has left portions of the city—including downtown—without power, and officials said some isolated pockets could be without electricity for weeks or even months, Reuters reported. Calgary is considered Canada’s “oil capital” because it hosts the headquarters of many major oil companies. India Floods Ongoing rains […]

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Water Disputes China is once again eying the Nu River (Salween River) for dam development, which could cost 60,000 people their homes, Reuters reported, citing government officials. The river is part of a UNESCO protected area due to the region’s high level of biodiversity. India and Bangladesh remain embroiled in a dispute over the sharing […]

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In the worst attack since post-election violence in Kenya four years ago, 52 people—primarily women and children—were killed in an ethnic clash over land and water, AFP reported. Thousands more Chinese citizens living near the Three Gorges Dam may be forced to move as landslides sparked by changing reservoir levels become a serious problem, according […]

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The European Union will provide additional humanitarian aid to Yemen this year to help relieve a water, food and fuel crisis that threatens to further destabilize the conflict-torn country, Reuters reported, citing the EU humanitarian aid chief Kristalina Georgieva. Food and water are also growing scarce in Timbuktu in northern Mali, ever since rebels took […]

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The Potomac River is the most endangered river in the United States, according to a new report by the environmental group American Rivers. The annual list of U.S. rivers at risk includes streams in virtually every region of the country. Several are threatened by the same types of activities: energy development or dam- and reservoir-building, […]

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Patagonia Chile’s supreme court has rejected seven appeals filed against a project that plans to build five large dams in Patagonia, the Guardian reported. The controversial project could generate up to 20 percent of Chile’s electricity demand in 2020 but is opposed by green groups concerned about its potential environmental damage. Asia India and Pakistan […]

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Concerns over land grabs and food security are prompting Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay to consider changing their land laws to put breaks on foreign ownership of their arable land, The Christian Science Monitor reports. How will this affect big land-buyers such as China and Saudi Arabia? The water levels at China’s Three Gorges Dam, the […]

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A 330-megawatt dam under construction in the Indus River Basin has re-ignited the water tensions between India and Pakistan in the disputed region of Kashmir. The hydropower project is the first to be referred to international arbitration under the World Bank-mediated Indus Water Treaty and signals an escalation in the Indo-Pakistani race to secure priority […]

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