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Archive for August, 2017

World Bank: Water Security Urgent Priority In Middle East and North Africa

Courtesy of The Source, an article on a new World Bank report on water security in the Middle East and North Africa: The inadequate supply of water and sanitation is costing the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region around US$21 billion per year in economic losses, according to a new World Bank report, meaning measures to improve the […]

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Tobruk Water Crisis Leading To Increasing Instability and Extremist Group Expansion

Via Future Directions International, a report on the Libyan city of Tobruk that is experiencing increasing societal, political and economic pressures due to severe water shortages: The Libyan city of Tobruk is one of many across the Middle East and North Africa region that is experiencing increasing societal, political and economic pressures due to severe […]

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Iran: Official Calls On Neighbors To Comply With Water Deals

Via The Iran Project, a report on Iran’s urging of neighboring countries to respect the agreements they have signed with Iran on using the shared water resources: A senior Iranian official urged the neighboring countries to respect the agreements they have signed with Iran on using the shared water resources. “Water crisis is serious, and as […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: Is China Weaponizing Water?

Via National Interest, commentary on China’s strategic interest in water: Hidden in plain sight is an intimidating Chinese weapon that allows it to hold a quarter of the world’s population hostage without firing a single shot. While much attention has been given to the nation’s fearsome new military hardware, a formidable component in its arsenal […]

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Thirsty World = Looming Crisis

Via Thomson Reuters Foundation, commentary on the crisis resulting when more than one-third of humanity is water-stressed every year or season, while drought crises are on the rise from California to Ethiopia: The world needs to use water more efficiently rather than exhausting invisible underground supplies and blindly exporting “virtual water” to avert a global […]

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‘Alarmingly High’ Levels Of Arsenic In Pakistan’s Groundwater

Via BBC, a report on arsenic levels in Pakistan’s groundwater: Up to 60 million people in Pakistan are at risk from the deadly chemical arsenic, according to a new analysis of water supplies. The study looked at data from nearly 1,200 groundwater quality samples from across the country. The resulting risk map shows concentrations well […]

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