Entries by Elena Bruess

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.

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.