Central Asian nations, as a region, have the highest per capita water use in the world but also the highest water use per dollar of gross domestic product, according to a report published in Nature, Eurasianet reported. The article concludes that water scarcity is not as much a problem as water waste in the region.
Drought conditions are expanding from eastern Australia to southern Australia, and significant rainfall is unlikely as the region heads into summer, the Guardian reported. Australia is also experiencing above average temperatures, which exacerbate the drought.
Water has emerged as a significant weapon in the Islamic State’s fight to control parts of Iraq, Smithsonian reported. The militant group has repeatedly restricted water access to break down resistance in the country, and targets key dams to control water supply downstream.