The Global Rundown
Researchers find that fatbergs, congealed masses of fat that clog London’s sewer system, contain potentially deadly bacteria. The Lewis and Clark water pipeline, which is intended to bring water to South Dakota, Iowa, and Minnesota, nears completion. A newly-discovered great ape species in Sumatra is endangered by the construction of a Chinese dam. Global donors call for more than $6 billion in aid for war-torn Syria, hoping to improve access to water, medicine, and other amenities. Gwadar, Pakistan, hoping to become the “next Dubai,” works to overcome its water shortages.
“I would say because of climate change the rains have stopped – it used to rain much more often and in every season. Now Gwadar is facing severe water issues. There is no fresh water here.” –Abdul Rahim, an employee of the Gwadar Development Authority, in reference to the lack of rain in the Pakistani fishing port. Officials believe the strategically-located city could become the “next Dubai,” but first Gwadar must address its chronic water shortages. Reuters
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By The Numbers
800 Estimated number of Tapanuli orangutan that are likely alive today, making it the most-endangered great ape in the world. The orangutan, which was discovered unexpectedly in Sumatra last year, is being further threatened by the construction of a Chinese dam. Plans for the dam include clearing large swathes of land in the middle of the great ape’s territory. The Guardian
300,000 Estimated number of customers in South Dakota, Iowa, and Minnesota who will receive water from the Lewis and Clark pipeline. The pipeline, which draws water from the Missouri River in South Dakota, is nearing completion. MPR News
Science, Studies, And Reports
London’s Channel 4 and Thames Water conducted an ‘autopsy’ of one of the city’s fatbergs, a congealed mass of fat, diapers, and other waste clogging London’s sewers. The analysis found several dangerous bacteria in the fatberg, including listeria, campylobacter, and E. coli. Experts warn that if major blockage occurred because of a fatberg, these bacteria could wash back up through domestic and commercial pipes, flooding homes and businesses. The Guardian
On The Radar
World governments are seeking more than $6 billion in aid for Syria at a two-day donor conference which began on April 24. The funding will go toward measures such as helping refugees and restoring water and electricity to heavily-damaged cities. Reuters
Kayla Ritter is a recent graduate of Michigan State University, where she studied International Relations and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. She is currently based in Manton, Michigan. Kayla enjoys running, writing, and traveling. Contact Kayla Ritter