Entries by Elena Bruess

HotSpots H2O: Honduran Mine Protestor Shot and Killed, Others Continue to Await Trial

A man who protested against a mining development in Honduras was shot and killed inside his home last week. Arnold Joaquín Morazán Erazo was one of 32 people from the community of El Guapinol charged with criminal offenses for protesting an open-pit iron oxide mine that the community claims threatens its land and water supply. […]

HotSpots H2O: Fires in the World’s Largest Wetlands Decimate Wildlife and Livelihoods

The Pantanal wetlands are on fire. Since early this year, nearly a fifth of the Brazilian ecosystem, over 14,000 square miles, has burned in wildfires just south of the Amazon rainforest.

HotSpots H2O: Conflict over U.S.-Mexico Water Treaty Escalates as Farmers Take La Boquilla Dam

Tensions between Mexico and the United States over water intensified this month as hundreds of Mexican farmers seized control of La Boquilla dam in protest over mandatory water releases.

HotSpots H2O: Refugees Left Without Water, Supplies After Moria Camp Burns on Lesbos

The largest refugee camp in Europe caught fire earlier this month, destroying most of the camp and leaving an estimated 12,000 residents homeless and without water, basic hygiene, and food.

HotSpots H2O: In Kenya, Lake Water Rise Endangers Livelihoods and Wildlife

Rising water levels in the lakes along the Great Rift Valley have pushed thousands in Kenya from their homes, endangering people’s livelihoods and wildlife in the region.

HotSpots H2O: First Covid Case Linked to Community Spread Rattles Gaza

Gaza authorities announced last week the first Covid-19 case in the Palestinian enclave was spread through the community, raising fears that a larger outbreak might occur, the Associated Press reports. Earlier cases were linked to quarantine facilities for travelers returning from abroad. Amid rising tensions, Palestinian militants sent incendiary balloons into Israel as a way to […]

HotSpots H2O: In Wake of Explosion, Beirut Finds Water, Goods in Short Supply

Thousands of people in Beirut face intense water, sanitation, and food shortages as Covid-19 cases spike in the days since a massive explosion demolished the port in Lebanon’s capital.

HotSpots H2O: Caribbean Prepares for Hurricane Season That Is Colliding with the Pandemic

In the midst of the global pandemic, Caribbean countries are preparing for the brunt of an Atlantic hurricane season that is more menacing than usual.