The Stream, May 14: Syrian City Faces Extreme Water Shortage After Supplies Cut

Water Shortages
A severe water shortage caused by the shutdown of two water pumping stations is threatening supplies for more than 2 million people in the Syrian city of Aleppo, the Los Angeles Times reported. It is believed that the shutdown was an intentional attack by an antigovernment Islamist group, but some think government bombing is to blame.

A photo essay published by MSNBC shows the daily struggle for water in a southern Ethiopia community, where women and girls walk miles to collect water from drying rivers. Many times, they must dig in the river beds to reach water.

Spain is considering a proposal that would transfer water from the Rhone River in southern France to Catalonia in northeastern Spain, Bloomberg News reported. The transfer would extend 353 kilometers, but has not yet been discussed with France, according to local news sources.

Water Pollution

Canadian mining companies are responsible for the destruction of glaciers, the contamination of water supplies and deforestation in Latin America, according to a new report released by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, the Guardian reported. Canada’s mining industry has been expanding in Latin America in recent years, the report says.

The oil and gas industry in the United States must improve public trust in regard to water pollution and other environmental concerns surrounding hydraulic fracturing, industry leaders said at the Washington Energy Conference, Oil & Gas Journal reported. The conference recognized that public support is key for fully realizing the potential of oil and gas reserves.

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