The Global Rundown Saudi Arabia announces the construction of nine desalination plants on the Red Sea. Authorities find that over half of Karachi, Pakistan’s, water supply is unfiltered. Malawi’s staple maize crop suffers amid dry weather and a worsening pest infestation. Dwindling snowpack in the southwestern U.S. poses problems for the region’s water supply. Commercial […]
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The Global Rundown Saudi Arabia announced plans to import all of its wheat next year, completing a transition from domestic farms that were drawing down water supplies. South Africa said it will declare two more provinces as disaster areas due to a severe drought, and officials in Gaza blamed Egypt’s tunnel-flooding efforts for contaminating groundwater. […]
The Global Rundown Neighbors in the Middle East sign a rare groundwater agreement. A tax increase helps Minnesota study its rivers and lakes, while drought in Nevada drains Walker Lake. Algae blooms cut property values in Vermont. Green groups in India rally against a canal project. “We just pray that they could build the dam […]
The Global Rundown Jordan and Saudi Arabia signed a deal to protect the Disi aquifer. Scientists found compounds used in fracking in Pennsylvania well water, United States rivers are recovering quickly after dam removals, and California water bonds are losing value. Pakistan charged its provinces with implementing climate change policy. Fjords trap large amounts of […]
Water Supply Saudi Arabia’s national water company is beginning work on the country’s largest water storage project, which will provide water to the capital city of Riyadh, Bloomberg News reported. The project will eventually hold more than 10 million cubic meters of water, and is part of a $US 13.5 billion national effort to invest […]
Classified cables show that Saudi and U.S. officials believe water supplies along the Persian Gulf are at high-risk for terrorist attacks and possible contamination from nearby nuclear plants. This is the first of a new series that will analyze the water-related U.S. embassy cables published by WikiLeaks.
Peak water looms more ominously than peak oil for Saudi Arabia, as water use in the desert kingdom is rapidly growing while available supplies are steadily diminishing, Reuters reported. The looming water crisis is also forcing the country into drastic measures in its agriculture sector. Blue-green algae and invasive species are choking Lake Erie and […]
New initiative will decrease the country’s reliance on oil for its electrical needs.
Madagascar’s government has ended a water export deal with Saudi Arabia because it was opposed by environmental, civil society groups in the country.
The Middle East takes its water shortages with anything but a grain of salt. Saudia Arabia plans to spend more than $3 billion on its newest desalination project. The new operation in Jubail Industrial City should be in working order by 2010, a Saudi official recently announced. Not only is the plant expected to produce […]
Agriculture is draining non-renewable groundwater reserves in the water-scarce country.
YOUR GLOBAL RUNDOWN Homes in Flint, Michigan built after 1990 must also be checked for lead, a judge rules. Saudi Arabian researchers are trying to increase desalination without harmful environmental effects. Rwanda lost over 40 percent of its water supply in four months. Egyptian farmers worry about the effect the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam will […]