Political disagreements between Hamas, the Palestinian Authority and Israeli officials have left a new wastewater treatment plant sitting idle, the Guardian reported. The plant is meant to improve water quality in an aquifer that supplies water to Gaza, where most citizens have to buy water from vendors and can pay as much as a third of their income to do so.
Delhi has been ranked as the world’s most polluted city, while India as a whole sits in 155th place on Yale University’s annual Environmental Performance Index, the Hindustan Times reported. India ranked 174th in air quality—highlighting that Delhi has worse particulate air pollution than Beijing—while it ranked 124th in the “water and sanitation” category and 87th in the “water resources” category.
Erratic rainfall and scarcer water supplies in northwestern India have led to sometimes violent confrontations between community members of different social castes, AlertNet reported. Lower castes are increasingly turning to water wells from which they have been banned because other water supplies are disappearing.
London and other communities in southern England experienced the wettest January on record, receiving 175.2 millimeters (6.9 inches) of rain—double the average amount, Bloomberg News reported. The rain has led to widespread flooding in the region, and the Environment Agency still has 32 flood warnings in place.