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Hydropolitics vs. Human Security: South Africa’s Appropriation of Lesotho’s Highlands Water

Via Daedalus, an academic paper on the hydropolitics that cause the environmental threats related to South Africa’s appropriation of Lesotho’s water to be overlooked: The Lesotho Highlands Water Project, which exports water to South Africa, has enhanced the unequal structural relationship that exists between both states. Lesotho, one of the few countries in the world […]

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Protests Over Water Shortages Shut Longest South African Highway

Via Bloomberg, a report of water related protests in South Africa: Part of South Africa’s longest highway, which runs from Cape Town to Zimbabwe, was shut on Monday by protesters who were demonstrating over water shortages.  The N1 highway was closed at Ventersburg, a town that’s about 240 kilometers (149 miles) south of Johannesburg, the […]

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Forgotten Droughts: Five Regions That Could Soon Face Conflict Over Water

Via EuroNews, a look at five regions of the world which could soon face conflict over water: Millions of people in ‘neglected’ regions could soon face violent conflict over water, according to an early warning tool developed by the Water Peace and Security partnership. News cameras turned to Europe this summer as the continent sweltered through […]

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South African Towns Cut Water Supply After Years Of Drought

Via Terra Daily, an article on a recent decision by some South African towns to cut water supply after years of drought: A South African municipality on Monday imposed six-hour daily water outages, as reservoirs risk “Day Zero” when they run dry after years of droughts. Kouga, a southern municipality of six towns and 120,000 […]

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Cape Town’s Stark Water Divide

Via Terra Daily, a report on South Africa’s stark water divide: On Cape Town’s beaches, swimmers shower off sand from their feet. Irrigation pipes water the region’s famed vineyards. And Shadrack Mogress fumes as he fills a barrel with water so he can flush his toilet. It’s been four years since South Africa’s tourist capital […]

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Scientists Project Increased Risk To Water Supplies In South Africa This Century

Via Terra Daily, an article on scientific projections around increased risk sto water supplies in South Africa this century: In 2018, Cape Town, South Africa’s second most populous city, came very close to running out of water as the multi-year “Day Zero” drought depleted its reservoirs. Since then, researchers from Stanford University determined that climate […]

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