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GCC Backs Egypt In Nile River Dam Dispute With Ethiopia

Via Al Monitor, a report that many Gulf states are backing Egypt in its Nile river dam dispute with Ethiopia: The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) expressed support for Egypt on Sunday in its dispute with Ethiopia over the Nile river.  Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met with representatives of GCC member states yesterday. Shoukry said […]

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Lake Urmiya in Iranian Azerbaijan May Soon Cease to Exist

Via Window on Eurasia, a report on the Lake Urmiya: Yasir Rakhbardin, who is in charge of water supplies in the Iranian province of Western Azerbaijan, says that Lake Urmiya, on which the region has long depended, may soon cease to exist, a development that will likely produce both a humanitarian disaster and more conflict […]

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Afghanistan Shrivels in Worst Drought in Decades

Via The Diplomat, a report on Afghanistan’s drought which – along with the fighting – has contributed to displacing over 700,000 people from their homes this year: Hajji Wali Jan brought a half-dozen plastic containers to the well in Kamar Kalagh on a recent Friday — one of the handful of days each week he […]

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As U.S. West Withers, Corporations Consolidate Land and Water Rights

Via Circle of Blue, a look at how – with farms, ranches and rural communities facing unprecedented threats – a worrying trend leads to a critical question: Who owns the water? Ghost cattle—200,000 made-up heifers. A massive fraud rocking eastern Washington’s arid ranching communities, leading to criminal charges and bankruptcy. The Church of Jesus Christ […]

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Iraqi Water Ministry Moves To File Lawsuit Against Iran Over Water Policy

Via The National, an article on the Iraqi water ministry’s moves to file a lawsuit against Iran: Iraq has completed procedures to file a lawsuit with the International Court of Justice against Iran’s water policy. The construction of dams in upstream Turkey, Syria and Iran has choked off some of the flow of the Tigris and Euphrates over the […]

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The Parched Tiger: Can Darjeeling’s Thirst Be Quenched?

Via India Water Portal, a look at the reasons behind a growing water crisis in Darjeeling and what can be done to deal with the situation: India’s urban population is expected to grow around 800 million by 2050, which is predicted to create major challenges for urban water management. This is increasingly becoming obvious in hill […]

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