HotSpots H2O: Ongoing Madagascar Famine Is Driven By Poverty, Not Climate Change

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A new study shows the vulnerability of the world’s poorest nations even without climate breakdown, its authors say.

HotSpots H2O: Unusually Powerful ‘Atmospheric River’ Pummels British Columbia and Pacific Northwest

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This summer’s heat wave and wildfires weakened the landscape’s ability to absorb rainfall, further contributing to the destruction.

HotSpots H2O: In Afghanistan, Political Upheaval Aggravates Drought-Fueled Famine

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Drought, a financial crisis, and political collapse are accelerating the country’s decline into all-out famine.

HotSpots H2O: World Spending on Climate Adaptation Must Increase Five- or Tenfold

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While climate adaptation planning is more widespread than ever, the U.N. says the gap between current spending and needed funding is enormous, and widening.

HotSpots H2O: The Philippines’ Largest Wetland Faces Prospect of Drilling

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The newly autonomous Bangsamoro government has invited investors to pursue drilling projects in a marsh critical for both Indigenous peoples and wildlife.

HotSpots H2O: Flooding Is Latest Strain on South Sudan

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Torrential rainfall is battering one of the world’s poorest countries, laying bare its weak infrastructure.

HotSpots H2O: As Famine Looms in East Africa, Humanitarian Groups Call for Urgent Action

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Drought has left millions in the region facing food insecurity—and conditions are expected to get worse.

HotSpots H2O: New Report Urges Policymakers to ‘Wake Up to the Looming Water Crisis’

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Current rates of progress on water, sanitation, and hygiene would need to quadruple to meet UN targets.

HotSpots H2O: Years-Long Drought Pushes Brazil to the Brink

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The country’s worst drought in nearly a century is choking commerce, threatening ecosystems, and diminishing hydroelectric power generation.

HotSpots H2O: ‘Global Indigenous Agenda’ Calls for Water, Land, and Resource Governance at 2021 IUCN World Congress

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The newly released “Global Indigenous Agenda for the Governance of Indigenous Lands, Territories, Waters, Coastal Seas and Natural Resources,” authored by the IUCN Indigenous partner organizations, outlines five goals that together seek to strengthen the relationship between Indigenous land rights and sustainable environmental conservation.

HotSpots H2O: Flash Floods and Landslides Devastate Western Venezuela

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Torrential rain fell relentlessly this past week in western Venezuela, producing floods that destroyed over 1,200 buildings and displaced thousands of people.

HotSpots H2O: In Malaysia, the Mah Meri Resist Eviction from Coastal Homeland

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In Malaysia, a proposed beach resort dubbed a “world-class eco-city” is threatening to evict Mah Meri families from one of their oldest coastal towns, what is today known as Bagan Lalang.