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The Stream, August 14: Food and Water Relief Measures

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France, the United States and G20 president Mexico have scheduled…
Food Shortages Loom Again in Somalia, But Refugees Can’t Escape Water Crisis

Food Shortages Loom Again in Somalia, But Refugees Can’t Escape Water Crisis

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Poor rains have led to crop failures in Somalia, and the threat of food price increases could push parts of the country back into famine. Meanwhile, there is little relief for those who fled to neighboring Kenya, as the refugee camps there are facing water shortages.

Brian McSorley

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Brian McSorley, Oxfam’s humanitarian coordinator, promotes…
The Horn of Africa

Worsening Humanitarian Crisis: Unprecedented Drought and Famine in Horn of Africa

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The drought has gripped large regions of eastern Africa, leaving an estimated 11 million people in need of humanitarian assistance, and is likely to continue for much of the year, according to the United Nations.

Blooming Controversy: What Is Killing the Wildlife in Kenya’s Lake Naivasha?

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Drought, flower farms, and pesticides are damaging the already shallow lake.

Q&A: One Man's Fight to Save the Aral Sea

As the Aral Sea gains global recognition as the most extreme kind of environmental disaster, Yusup Kamalov, chairman of the Union for the Defense of the Aral Sea and Amudarya, shares an expert's perspective.

Analysis: World Water Day Promises Much, but We’ve Been Here Before

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Global leaders lay out steps to improved water quality at World Water Day, but much of the implementation is beyond their control.

Zafar Adeel: A Conversation With the New Chair of UN-Water

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Circle of Blue reporter Brett Walton spoke with Zafar Adeel, the new chair of UN-Water.

Kenyan Prison Uses Constructed Wetland to Improve Sanitation

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Low cost, low maintenance water treatment system in Kenyan prison proves better for small communities than traditional waste water treatment.

Peter Gleick: World Water Day 2010 — A trip through one of the worst slums in the world

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Like urban slums throughout the developing world, there is almost a complete lack of piped safe water and no formal sanitation. Raw sewage and garbage flow through the streets and drainage ditches.

The Economics of Water Quality Need Greater Emphasis, UN Experts Say

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Waste water treatment costs and ecosystem services are often not properly accounted for, say UN experts at World Water Day conference.

David Kuria: Sanitation and Toilet Entrepreneur

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In the sub-Saharan region, 80% of recorded illnesses are water-born diseases, and more than two-thirds of these people don’t have access to basic sanitation. While access to safe drinking water is gaining importance in the political arena, it’s still hard to talk about restrooms and toilets, but today I’m speaking with a man who really does know toilets.