Water Security News

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What do you do when your city is running out of water? The answer, at least in one of the world's most unequal countries, depends on how much money you have. Within the next few months, Cape Town's taps could run dry, the result of a protracted drought and a government failure to provide an alternative water source to this city of 4 million.
I pulled my horse to a stop along the banks of a little stream, which was wedged between two grassy hills speckled with wildflowers and pika holes, to admire the view of the Tibetan-Qinghai Plateau's rolling hills evolving into snowcapped mountains. China's Tibetan-Qinghai Plateau is part of the world's third pole.
Hurricane Harvey, which hit Texas and Louisiana last August, causing $125 billion in damage, dumped more water out of the sky than any storm in U.S. history. By one calculation, roughly a million gallons fell for every person in Texas.
In the recent conflicts in Iraq and Syria, water has often been used as a weapon. When ISIS seized the Fallujah Barrage, a dam on the Euphrates River, in 2014, they raised the floodgates to deprive downstream cities of water.
Climate change and other issues have worsened tensions over scarce water in the Middle East and north Africa, lawmakers say By Alex Whiting LONDON, May 22 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Climate change will worsen food and water shortages in the Middle East and north Africa, and risk triggering more conflict and mass migration, with serious implications for the wider world, lawmakers from NATO's Parliamentary Assembly said Monday.
Thomson Reuters Foundation / news.trust.org