Entries by Elena Bruess

HotSpots H2O: Rapidly Disappearing Tuni Glacier Raises Concerns for Bolivian Water Scarcity

The Tuni glacier, a formerly vast piece of ice that rises over the Bolivian capital of La Paz as a critical water source, is disappearing faster than predicted.

HotSpots H2O: Minnesota Pipeline Opponents File Federal Lawsuit to Halt Construction

Two Minnesota Ojibwe communities and two environmental organizations filed a lawsuit against the Line 3 oil pipeline in order to halt construction in that state.

HotSpots H2O: Tensions Rise as India, China Clash Over Proposed Chinese Dam

Tensions spiked between China and India after the Chinese government announced plans to build a dam across one of the major waterways flowing from Tibet.

HotSpots H2O: Wetland Restoration in India Aims to Prevent Human-Animal Conflict

In Assam, a state in northeastern India, authorities at Kaziranga National Park are restoring six wetlands and collecting rainwater to prevent human-animal conflict during the water-scarce winter months. Seasonal shortages push wildlife toward nearby hills in search of water, where settlements and villages are located and confrontations normally occur. Some animals can cause large amounts […]

HotSpots H2O: U.N. and Ethiopia Reach Aid Deal After Weeks of Conflict

After thousands of Eritrean refugees were stranded for weeks without food, clean water, and supplies in the northern Ethiopian region of Tigray due to conflict, the Ethiopian government and the United Nations reached a deal to allow unobstructed humanitarian access to areas under federal control last week. The deal comes after a month of misery […]

HotSpots H2O: Water Scarcity in Palestinian Territories Puts Farming at Risk

Water scarcity in occupied Palestinian territories continues to put health and agriculture at risk as conflict over water supplies between Jordan, Israel, and Palestinians flares.

HotSpots H2O: Months of Flooding and Violence Force South Sudanese from Their Homes

Nearly a half million people have been displaced due to abnormally heavy rainfall and flooding in South Sudan this year.

HotSpots H2O: In a Year of Unrelenting Floods, Yet Another Storm Hits Central Vietnam

After months of intense storms and flooding, Tropical storm Etau is the twelfth to hit the country this year and the eighth in the past month.

HotSpots H2O: Portland Environmental Groups, Backed by ACLU, Sue DHS for Use of Tear Gas

In Portland, environmental, public health, and social justice groups, represented by the ACLU of Oregon, sued the U.S Department of Homeland Security for the health and environmental consequences of airborne chemicals.