The Stream, May 10: Land Grabs

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 world’s biggest hydropower station, are falling faster than expected, as the facility is releasing water to alleviate a drought downstream on the Yangtze River.

How are population growth, climate change, urbanization and colonial legacies stoking the water tensions in South Asia?

This Time photo essay shows how Memphis is responding to the rising flood waters of the Mississippi River.

A Spanish company will build a $65 million water desalination plant near Chile’s Atacama Desert with a capacity to process 17 million liters (4.5 million gallons) of seawater a day, Bloomberg reports.

Reuters highlights the key findings of a renewable energy draft report by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

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