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Boiling Over: Water And Security Hot Spots 2016

Courtesy of Circle of Blue, an interesting look at 10 places where water issues could undermine civic stability:   After five years of civil war, the humanitarian crisis in Syria has reached massive proportions: More than 4.6 million people have fled the country as refugees, and at least 7.6 million more are internally displaced within Syria, […]

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FutureWatch: One In Four Major Cities Unable To Provide Clean Water To Residents

Via The Guardian, a look at major cities where – from Mumbai to São Paolo – safe water supplies are precarious: They are two of the biggest cities in the world and both are set to grow significantly over the next decade, yet Mumbai and São Paulo are still unable to supply the clean and […]

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Brazilian Army: Training For A Water Uprising

Via TechInsider, a sobering article on how Brazil’s water crisis is so bad that the army is staging simulations of a mass uprising at a water utility: Here’s a scenario that seems plausible enough: The Brazilian megacity of São Paulo, currently dealing with Brazil’s largest water crisis in 40 years, continues to experience severe drought over the next several […]

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In Northeastern Brazil, Drought Runs The Economy Dry

Via WorldCrunch, a report on the impact that Brazil’s drought has had upon some of its region’s economies: For months now, water taps in some of northeastern Brazil’s cities have been running dry. Not during certain hours of the day. Or certain days of the week. But all the time. Morning and night. Day after […]

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São Paulo: Anatomy Of A Failing Megacity As Water Taps Run Dry

Courtesy of The Guardian, a detailed look at Sao Paulo in the wake of its water crisis: In São Paulo, drinking water is used to flush toilets, bathe and, until very recently, to wash cars and even hose down city pavements, as porters use jets of crystalline water to shift those last specks of grime. […]

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Sao Paulo: A “Green” Drought Perception Impedes Government Action

Courtesy of Circle of Blue, an interesting look at how transparency , accountability, and civic participation are key to improving Sao Paulo’s water security: Sao Paulo is a paradox of water scarcity and abundance. Brazil’s largest city, located in a region that averages 25 more inches of rain each year than Seattle, is gripped by […]

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