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Archive for August, 2021

California’s ‘Cantaloupe Center’ Struggles As Drought Pummels U.S. West

Courtesy of The Washington Post, a report on the impact of drought on California’s ‘Cantaloupe Center’: This small town in California’s agriculture-rich Central Valley advertises itself as the “Cantaloupe Center of the World.” But as relentless drought punishes California and the West, the land is drying up and the cantaloupes are disappearing. Farmers have let large […]

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Drought Diplomacy Helps Boost Israel-Jordan Ties

Via Terra Daily, an article on the water diplomacy between Israel and Jordan: As scientific warnings of dire climate change-induced drought grow, many in Israel and Jordan cast worried eyes at the river running between them and the critical but limited resources they share. This month the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change showed unequivocally that […]

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‘Desert’: Drying Euphrates Threatens Disaster In Syria

Via Terra Daily, an article on how a drying Euphrates threatens disaster in Syria: Syria’s longest river used to flow by his olive grove, but today Khaled al-Khamees says it has receded into the distance, parching his trees and leaving his family with hardly a drop to drink. “It’s as if we were in the desert,” […]

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Iraq’s Water Crisis

Via the Begin-Sadat Center, a report on Iraq’s water crisis: The Middle East and North Africa are dry, with higher temperatures, fewer rivers, and less rain and snowfall than the rest of the world. Thanks to the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, Iraq is one of the richest countries in the region in terms of water […]

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Kyrgyz Farmers Battered By Drought

Via Eurasia, a report on Kyrgyz farmers suffering from the nation’s drought: It was 35 degrees Celsius outside. A hazy mirage shimmered over the hot summer soil in Petrovka, a village in the northern Kyrgyzstan region of Chui.  A sharp bout of torrential rain had soaked the fields a day before a recent Eurasianet visit, but […]

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Iraq: Big Loser of Middle East Water Wars

Via The Asia Times, an article on how the region’s traditional ‘Fertile Crescent’ is running dry due to upstream damming by water hegemons Turkey and Iran: With two of the world’s most famous rivers flowing through it, Iraq was known for centuries as the Middle East’s “Fertile Crescent,” its rich civilizations watered by the Tigris […]

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