The Global Rundown
The World Health Organization (WHO) calls for access to displaced people in southern Syria as children die from dehydration and waterborne illnesses. A recent analysis shows that water use in parts of Arizona has dropped by a third in recent decades. Heavy rains in Colorado slow the spread of the state’s raging wildfires. In India, monsoon-related incidents have killed 200 people over the past month. Iraqi protestors demonstrate near major oil fields, demanding improvements to basic services.
“We want jobs, we want to drink clean water, and electricity. We want to be treated like human beings and not animals.” –Husam Abdul Ameer, a resident of Basra, Iraq, in reference to recent demonstrations taking place at major oil fields in Iraq. The protestors are calling for jobs and improvements to basic services, including water access. A handful of the protests have turned violent, prompting police intervention. Reuters
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By The Numbers
200 Estimated number of people who have died in monsoon-related accidents in India in the past month. Monsoon rains across the country have reportedly been close to average so far. Al Jazeera
15 Number of active wildfires in Colorado, as of Thursday. Drought and high temperatures have led to one of the state’s biggest-ever wildfire seasons, but residents and officials are hopeful that forecasted heavy rains will soon abate the fires. Colorado Springs Gazette
Science, Studies, And Reports
An analysis by Arizona’s Salt River Project (SRP) water agency found that overall water use among SRP consumers has fallen by one-third since 1980, despite a growing population. According to SRP officials, the decrease in use is due to conservation, wastewater recycling, and recharging groundwater. AZCentral
On The Radar
The World Health Organization (WHO) is requesting access to more than 200,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) who escaped violence in southern Syria. The IDPs are in need of health services and basic amenities, especially as temperatures reach 45°C (113°F). In the past week, 15 people, including 12 children, have died from dehydration and diseases caused by contaminated water. Reuters
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