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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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Ethiopia And Saudi Arabia Argue Over Nile River Dam

Via Bikya News, a report on recent tensions between Ethiopia and Saudi Arabia over the Renaissance dam project: Ethiopia has demanded that Saudi Arabia explain itself after a minister attacked the country over its massive Renaissance Nile River dam project, saying that the water rights of Sudan and Egypt would be threatened with its completion. […]

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