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Archive for August, 2021

Drought Rules Spark Accusations Of Racism In California Outpost

Via The Guardian, an article on how California’s drought rules are sparking accusations of racism in California: “I love the smell of diesel power in the afternoon. It smells like victory.” The line, a play on the quote from the Vietnam war movie Apocalypse Now, is the first uttered in a July video by Doug […]

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Fight Over Florida Water Has Some Surprising Winners

Via Christian Science Monitor, an article on how – when it comes to decisions affecting Florida’s groundwater – business interests usually trump environmental concerns, but that may be changing: Burt Eno peers down through the surface of the Rainbow River, examining the sea grasses below. Even though the water has changed over the past mile […]

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U.S. West: Megadry

Via The Economist, an article on the large number of Americans moving to a region plagued by a 22-year drought: Weather was the ultimate arbiter in the American West,” Marc Reisner wrote in “Cadillac Desert”, his book on water there, published in 1986. Reisner was musing about the great white winter of 1886, which devastated cattle […]

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‘Go West, Young Man’…But Where Is The Water?

Via AP News, an article on Greeley, Colorado’s search for water: “Go West, young man,? Horace Greeley famously urged. The problem for the northern Colorado town that bears the 19th-century newspaper editor’s name: Too many people have heeded his advice. By the tens of thousands newcomers have been streaming into Greeley — so much so […]

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Water and (In-)Security in Afghanistan

Via the Wilson Center, a look at water and (in-)security in Afghanistan: The takeover of Afghanistan by the Taliban not only threatens people’s lives, security, and fundamental freedom, but also significantly increases risks of water insecurity both immediately and in the long term. While our hearts and minds are with the people struggling for survival […]

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How Water Shortages Are Brewing Wars

Via BBC, a look at how water shortages are brewing wars: Speaking to me via Zoom from his flat in Amsterdam, Ali al-Sadr pauses to take a sip from a clear glass of water. The irony dawning on him, he lets out a laugh. “Before I left Iraq, I struggled every day to find clean […]

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