As a warming climate spurs more extreme weather, herders in Kenya’s arid and semi-arid northern parts can lose up to 10 percent of their livestock when drought hits.
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A clash over water left eleven people dead and two injured in Marsabit County, Kenya, during the first week of May, 2019.
The Rundown Water shortages are stirring unrest across Kenya. In the Rift Valley, tribal clashes over water and pasture are common. Both domestic tribes and those from neighboring countries, including South Sudan and Ethiopia, spar frequently. In the past week, six Turkana herdsmen were shot dead near the Kenya-South Sudan border. Elsewhere in the Rift […]
The Global Rundown Nairobi, Kenya, seeks new water sources amid faltering rainfall. The mayor of Flint, Michigan, pledges to fight “unwarranted” state oversight of the city’s water system. South Africa lifts its drought national disaster as dry conditions ease. New research shows that annual storm-related flood damages could double as coral reefs die off. Water […]
The Rundown In recent years, Kenya has grappled with recurring drought. The dry spells are detrimental to agriculture and force many Kenyans to travel long distances for water. An estimated 2.4 million Kenyans are food insecure, and many lack access to clean drinking water. Resource shortages and political disputes trigger a variety of conflicts in […]
The Global Rundown A dam in Kenya’s Rift Valley bursts after weeks of heavy rain, killing at least 47 people. Puerto Rico rations water, food, and other supplies in preparation for the Atlantic hurricane season. Mexico and the U.S. states of Arizona and Nevada are likely to see cutbacks in water supply from the Colorado […]
The Global Rundown Two dams in Kenya are on the verge of overflowing after heavy rains. A study finds that the thinning of trees in California saved billions of gallons of water from being evaporated into the atmosphere. Water stress deepens across India, where more than 150 million people lack access to clean water. Louisiana […]
Consecutive years of failed rains continue to plague Kenya.
The Global Rundown Melting glaciers on Mount Kenya are causing conflict among tribes surrounding the mountain. Aid agencies struggle to provide food and water to South Sudanese refugees arriving in Uganda. Thousands lack clean drinking water and adequate sanitation in Syria’s IDP camps. The Palestinian Authority’s President Mahmoud Abbas threatens to further jeopardize the Gaza […]
The Global Rundown Floods in Kenya have killed thousands of cattle, harming herders who also lost livestock to the country’s severe drought. Officials in Indonesia say efforts to restore water to peatlands will dampen the smoke pollution caused by annual forest fires this year. Even small increases in global sea levels could have significant effects […]
The Global Rundown A new sewage treatment plant in Kibera, Kenya aims to provide residents with recycled water and electricity. A low-oxygen dead zone is one of many threats to fisheries and communities in the Bay of Bengal. A new report links political and business elites to violence against environmental activists in Honduras. Groundwater pollution […]
The Rundown Low rainfall levels in late 2016 have intensified drought conditions in Kenya, leading to food and water insecurity in arid and semi-arid regions. The drought has already triggered livestock deaths, crop failure, and school closures. This month, the Kenyan government warned that without urgent and appropriate action, Kenya risks conditions similar to the […]