Entries by Christian Thorsberg

HotSpots H2O: Kazakhstan’s Lake Balkhash Is Disappearing, Continuing a Trend of Desiccation in Central Asia

In 2021, over 3 million people are feeling the effects of a hydrological vanishing act: the shrinking of the blue waters of Central Asia’s largest lake into a dehydrated landscape of greens and browns.

HotSpots H2O: Anishinaabe Activists and Allies Resist Enbridge Line 3 Pipeline, a Project that Threatens Wetlands and Ignores Treaty Territory

In northern Minnesota, the new Line 3 corridor, proposed by the Canadian oil company Enbridge, cuts directly through wetlands and waterways that are already struggling in unusually dry conditions.

HotSpots H2O: Longstanding Drought in Iran Begets Farmer Protests, Power Outages, and Widespread Water Rationing

Lack of water is one of Iran’s biggest environmental and social risks.

HotSpots H2O: Farmer-Herder Violence in Nigeria’s Middle Belt Persists, a Consequence of Drought and Climate Change

Conflict in Nigeria’s central state is a consequence of extreme heat and worsening droughts, byproducts of climate change.

HotSpots H2O: The Toto, One of the World’s Smallest Ethnic Groups, Face Water Shortages Along the India-Bhutan Border

Christian Thorsberg, Circle of Blue The Himalayan foothills of West Bengal are home to some of the world’s most precious and resilient wildlife. Rare birds take sanctuary in the forests lining this eastern Indian state, a birdwatcher’s paradise; Bengal tigers and Indian gaur roam free, few in number  yet breathtaking in real form; and an […]

HotSpots H2O: When War Destroys Water Systems, Children Suffer the Most

When water and sanitation networks are destroyed during armed conflict, children are harmed the most, according to a UN agency report.

HotSpots H2O: Israeli Airstrikes Intensify Palestine’s Water, Humanitarian Crises

Christian Thorsberg, Circle of Blue In late April, as Ramadan prayers were drawing to an end near Jerusalem’s Damascus Gate, scores of Israeli nationalists chanting “Death to Arabs” disrupted the religious gathering and instigated a night of violent attacks against Muslim worshippers. Israeli police sprayed heavy jets of skunk water–a foul-smelling, murky concoction described as […]

In Alaska, Climate Research Struggles to Incorporate Indigenous Knowledge

Christian ThorsbergChristian Thorsberg is an intern this spring with Circle of Blue, and a fourth-year student at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. He will graduate this June with majors in Journalism and Creative Writing, and will attend Medill’s MSJ program to concentrate in magazine and environmental writing. He is passionate about making urgent climate […]

HotSpots H2O: Amid American West Megadrought, Montana’s Reservoirs Are Running Dry

An extreme megadrought is sweeping across the American West, a consequence of climate change that is threatening urban water allotment, indigenous water security, and ecosystem balance.

HotSpots H2O: Water and Land Disputes Turn Violent Along Ambiguous Kyrgyz-Tajik Border

Distrust among the ethnic groups along the ambiguous Kyrgyz-Tajik Border is exacerbated by extreme water insecurity.

Volcanic Eruptions and Water Insecurity Persist On St. Vincent

Heavy with ash, palm trees on the Caribbean island of St. Vincent are sagging into themselves.

Great Lakes Content Roundup

Christian ThorsbergChristian Thorsberg is an intern this spring with Circle of Blue, and a fourth-year student at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. He will graduate this June with majors in Journalism and Creative Writing, and will attend Medill’s MSJ program to concentrate in magazine and environmental writing. He is passionate about making urgent climate […]