Archive for the ‘Iraq’ Category

UN: Iraq Will Only Be Able To Meet 15% of Its Water Needs by 2035

Via The National News, a report on Iraq’s growing water crisis, where ninety per cent of country’s rivers are polluted, with seven million people currently grappling with limited access to clean water: Iraq will only be able to meet 15 per cent of its water demands by 2035 if current trends continue, a top UN official […]

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Dam-nation: Recent Earthquakes Have Shaken Middle Eastern Confidence In Dams

Via The Economist, a report on how February’s earthquakes have damaged the Middle East’s dams: The Turkish authorities announced on March 30th that 140 dams had been inspected since two earthquakes hit southern Turkey and northern Syria in February. None, they insisted, was seriously damaged. Still, many in the Middle East remain fearful about the […]

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Levels of Iraq’s Tigris and Euphrates Plunge

Via Terra Daily, a report on how levels of Iraq’s Tigris and Euphrates have plunged in the south: Iraq’s Tigris and Euphrates rivers have witnessed a sharp decrease in their levels in the south of the country, officials said Sunday, pledging to take urgent measures to ease water shortages.In Nasiriyah, capital of the southern province […]

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Erdogan Pledges To Ease Iraq’s Water Shortage

Via Terra Daily, an article on Turkey’s water outreach to Iraq: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan pledged Tuesday to step up the flow of water along the Tigris River to drought-stricken Iraq for one month.Baghdad accuses Ankara of withholding water in dams that choke the Tigris and Euphrates rivers near their point of origin in […]

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 Dammed Thirsty: The Cross-Border Fight For Water

Via Terra Daily, a look at some of the world’s cross-border fights for water: With half the world experiencing water scarcity for at least part of the year, the huge dams being built by some countries to boost their power supplies while their neighbours go parched are a growing source of potential conflict.Ahead of a […]

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The Mesopotamian Marshes Are Disappearing, Again

Via Yale’s e360, a look at how Iraq’s Mesopotamian marshes are disappearing as a regional drought enters its fourth year and upstream dams cut off water flows: Three years ago, the vast marshlands of southern Iraq’s Dhi Qar province were flourishing. Fishermen glided in punts across swathes of still water between vast reed beds, while buffalo […]

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