The Stream, November 15: New Center Tackles Transboundary Water Disputes

A new research center hosted by the Stockholm International Water Institute will focus on resolving transboundary water disputes, Bloomberg News reported. Violent conflicts over water may become more common due to climate change and increasing competition between water users.

An interactive map developed by the University of Maryland and Google shows how the world’s forest cover has changed since 2000, reaching a resolution of 30 meters, The New York Times reported. The map could be used by countries to improve the management of forests, which are often critical for supplying fresh water.

Despite years of declining deforestation, Brazil’s government says the amount of Amazon forest cut in the past year is up 28 percent, Deutsche Welle reported. The Amazon has a significant effect on both the local and global climate, providing water and oxygen, as well as soaking up carbon dioxide.

Climate Change
The Pastoruri glacier, high in the Peruvian Andes, is half the size it was 20 years ago, reported. The glacier once supported a thriving winter tourism industry, but local residents are now forced to market it as a hotspot for climate change.

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