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July 29, 2015
Zambia Electricity Shortage Highlights Africa’s Hydropower Shortfalls
Zambia Electricity Shortage Highlights Africa’s Hydropower Shortfalls

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Three decades ago, Zambia was a regional power exporter, but it has been unable to keep up with sub-Saharan Africa’s swiftly changing social, economic, and ecological landscape. Now, the hydro-dependent country faces a major power deficit and could cut electricity to its mines by 30 percent.

This week, Circle of Blue reports on Zambia's push to use rivers as engines for economic growth—a pattern repeating across Africa.

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Kariba Dam. Zambia. Zimbabwe. Taken March 9, 2015.
  Zambia Electricity Shortage Highlights Africa’s Hydropower Shortfalls  

Amid a changing social and environmental landscape, Sub-Saharan Africa turns to its rivers.

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Del Puerto Water District to buy a third of its water supply from Modesto and Turlock treatment plants.

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Pipeline owner criticized for lapses in inspection and disclosure.

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  Infographic: Lake Titicaca Contends With Water Pollution and Climate Change  

Receding glaciers, growing cities, and expanding agriculture threaten the highest navigable lake in the world.

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  July 20: Bipartisan Watershed Protection Bill Introduced in Congress  
Two western senators offer a bill to secure forested watersheds. The House approves a California drought bill and gets a prompt veto threat from the White House ...Read more...

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Daily Global Water News

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July 23: Canada First Nations Community Protests $6 Billion Dam
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