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No Water In The Kingdom Of The Two Seas — Nor Elsewhere In The Middle East

Via the Inter Press Service, an article on the impact of climate change on the Middle East & North of Africa region: There is an oil producing country situated in the Gulf region, made of a cluster of islands. It is small, surface and population wise. But it holds the dubious privilege of ranking top of […]

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Saudi Arabia: Running Out Of Water, Taxing Residents To Drive Conservation

Courtesy of The Independent, a report on Saudi Arabia’s recent decision to start taxing water for residents to try and address the soaring cost of debt as oil revenues decline: Saudi Arabia has started taxing water for residents to try and address the soaring cost of debt as oil revenues decline. The water tariff comes amid […]

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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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California: Deserts Won’t Bloom Forever

Via PRI, a detailed look at the similarity of challenges facing California and Saudi Arabia: A decade ago, reports began emerging of a strange occurrence in the Saudi Arabian desert. Ancient desert springs were drying up. The springs fed the lush oases depicted in the Bible and Quran, and as the water disappeared, these verdant […]

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Jordan, Saudi Arabia Sign Deal To Protect Shared Aquifer

Via Zawya, a report on a recent Middle East agreement over a shared aquifer: Jordan and Saudi Arabia have signed an agreement governing “sound management and protection of the shared Disi aquifer”, which supplies the capital and other governorates with a quarter of their water needs, according to government officials. Minister of Water and Irrigation […]

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Egypt Turns To Saudi For Help Over Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance Dam

Via Green Prophet, an update on tensions arising around the Grand Renaissance Dam: When all else fails, run to wealthy Saudi Arabia. That seems to be the prevailing thought among Egyptian officials at a loss to resolve the ongoing dispute with Ethiopia over Nile water rights.  At one point it seemed that the two countries might […]

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