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Archive for April, 2022

Water Woes Risk Boosting al-Shabaab and Derailing Elections In Somalia

Courtesy of STRATFOR (subscription required), a look at how water and food shortages are being exploited by al-Shabaab to derail planned elections: Widespread food and water shortages in Somalia risk boosting al-Shabaab’s recruitment efforts and, in turn, its ability to conduct more terrorist attacks against politicians that could derail long-awaited elections and further undermine the […]

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Laos Pushes Forward With Seventh Mekong River Dam Project

Via The Diplomat, an update on the Phou Ngoy dam which is one of nine hydropower projects that the Lao government is planning on the mainstream of the Mekong River: Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported this week that officials in Laos will soon take an important step forward on a new hydropower project, the seventh large-scale dam project […]

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Western US Drought Could Last Until 2030

Via National Geographic, a report on the western US drought: There have been brief moments of reprieve in the drought that has stretched on since 2000 in the western United States—a water-rich 2011, a snow-laden 2019—but those breaks have only highlighted the more dramatic feature of the last few decades: unrelenting dryness. Without human-driven climate […]

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Southwest Cities Learn to Thrive Amid Drought

Via Yale e360, an article on how southwestern U.S. cities such as San Diego, Phoenix, and Las Vegas have embraced a host of innovative strategies for conserving and sourcing water, providing these metropolitan areas with ample water supplies to support their growing populations: In the rolling hills around San Diego and its suburbs, the rumble of […]

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Overuse and Climate Change Kill Off Iraq’s Sawa Lake

Via Terra Daily, an article on Iraq’s Sawa Lake, a victim of overuse and climate change: A “No Fishing” sign on the edge of Iraq’s western desert is one of the few clues that this was once Sawa Lake, a biodiverse wetland and recreational landmark. Human activity and climate change have combined to turn the […]

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Parched Southern California Takes Unprecedented Step of Restricting Outdoor Watering

Via The Guardian, a report on new California restrictions on watering: Southern California officials declared a water shortage emergency Tuesday, and adopted new unprecedented restrictions on outdoor watering that will affect millions of people living in Los Angeles, Ventura and San Bernardino counties. Metropolitan water district of southern California’s resolution will limit outdoor watering to just one […]

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