HotSpots H2O: Kazakhstan’s Lake Balkhash Is Disappearing, Continuing a Trend of Desiccation in Central Asia

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In 2021, over 3 million people are feeling the effects of a hydrological vanishing act: the shrinking of the blue waters of Central Asia’s largest lake into a dehydrated landscape of greens and browns.

HotSpots H2O: Anishinaabe Activists and Allies Resist Enbridge Line 3 Pipeline, a Project that Threatens Wetlands and Ignores Treaty Territory

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In northern Minnesota, the new Line 3 corridor, proposed by the Canadian oil company Enbridge, cuts directly through wetlands and waterways that are already struggling in unusually dry conditions.

HotSpots H2O: Longstanding Drought in Iran Begets Farmer Protests, Power Outages, and Widespread Water Rationing

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Lack of water is one of Iran’s biggest environmental and social risks.

HotSpots H2O: Farmer-Herder Violence in Nigeria’s Middle Belt Persists, a Consequence of Drought and Climate Change

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Conflict in Nigeria's central state is a consequence of extreme heat and worsening droughts, byproducts of climate change.

HotSpots H2O: When War Destroys Water Systems, Children Suffer the Most

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When water and sanitation networks are destroyed during armed conflict, children are harmed the most, according to a UN agency report.

HotSpots H2O: Israeli Airstrikes Intensify Palestine’s Water, Humanitarian Crises

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Christian Thorsberg, Circle of Blue In late April, as…

HotSpots H2O: Amid American West Megadrought, Montana’s Reservoirs Are Running Dry

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An extreme megadrought is sweeping across the American West, a consequence of climate change that is threatening urban water allotment, indigenous water security, and ecosystem balance.

HotSpots H2O: Water and Land Disputes Turn Violent Along Ambiguous Kyrgyz-Tajik Border

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Distrust among the ethnic groups along the ambiguous Kyrgyz-Tajik Border is exacerbated by extreme water insecurity.

HotSpots H2O: In Mali, Climate Change Disrupts Peace Efforts

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Climate change, environmental insecurity, and limited fresh water are escalating conflict throughout Mali, preventing peace-building and disrupting livelihoods.

HotSpots H2O: St. Vincent Volcano Still Erupting With No End In Sight

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Ash and gas spewing from La Soufriere volcano sparked a humanitarian…