HotSpots H2O: Bushfires Raze Parts of Eastern Australia as Government Quarrels over Climate Change

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Devastating wildfires are sweeping across large swathes of Australia’s drought-stricken eastern coast, heralding what is likely to be a long and unforgiving bushfire season. 

HotSpots H2O: Flash Floods Strike Eastern Africa, Displacing 370,000 People

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Intense flooding hit several nations in eastern Africa recently, including Somalia, Kenya, and South Sudan. The deluges have affected more than a million people in the region.

HotSpots H2O: South Africa Imposes Emergency Water Restrictions to Prevent Another “Day Zero”

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Less than two years after Cape Town’s “Day Zero” water crisis, warm, dry weather has prompted South African water suppliers once again to impose emergency conservation measures.

HotSpots H2O: Fuel Shortages Slash Water Supply for 15 Million in Yemen

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A fuel crisis in Yemen is severely straining water supplies for 15 million people, according to reports from Oxfam and other aid agencies.

HotSpots H2O: Hundreds of Thousands Still Without Water In Embattled Syria

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More than 400,000 people in northern Syria are short of water amid a Turkish military offensive against Kurdish forces in the region. 

HotSpots H2O: Egypt and Ethiopia Spar Over Nile River Dam in Latest Round of Talks

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Negotiations over how to fill and operate a controversial dam in Ethiopia are once again deadlocked after a tense back-and-forth between two countries that hold conflicting visions of water use in the Nile River watershed.

HotSpots H2O: India’s Monsoon Season, Wettest in 25 Years, Comes to an End

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Following a slow start, India was deluged this year with its heaviest monsoon rains in a quarter century.

HotSpots H2O: Financial Troubles Jeopardize Drinking Water Supply in Zimbabwe Capital

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The main drinking water plant for Harare resumed treating water after a two-day shutdown that exacerbated shortages in a capital city that is already reeling from drought.

HotSpots H2O: Locals, Citing Water Concerns, Resist Mexico City Airport Plan

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Mexico City’s indigenous residents are pushing back against the revised plan for expanding the megacity’s airport infrastructure.

HotSpots H2O: In Bahamas, Lack of Toilets and Safe Water Pose Disease Risk After Dorian

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The Bahamas are still reeling after Hurricane Dorian caused widespread destruction earlier this month.

HotSpots H2O: In Somalia, Severe Food Shortages Follow Meager Harvest

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Somalia’s cereal production is the worst since 2011, a year when famine killed more than 200,000 people in the East African country.

HotSpots H2O: Water and Conflict Links Discussed at World Water Week

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Water shortages and climate change are contributing to a rise in conflict, according to experts at World Water Week.