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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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In Drought-Hit Iraq, A Dam Threatens To Swallow Farmland

Via Al Monitor, an article on a dam in drought-hit Iraq that threatens farmland: Jamil al-Juburi, 53, has never left his village in northern Iraq, where his family has worked the land for generations — but a dam will soon swallow his home, forcing them out. Tens of thousands of Iraqis are threatened by the […]

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For Water-Stressed Iraq, Wells Threaten Race To The Bottom

Via Terra Daily, an article on how Iraq’s water scarcity is causing many to drill more wells, exacerbating the already fragile groundwater crisis: Iraq has long drilled the desert for oil, but now climate stress, drought and reduced river flows are forcing it to dig ever deeper for a more precious resource: water. The war-scarred […]

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Millions At Risk Of Climate Displacement In Middle East

Via Seed Daily, a report on how millions are at risk of climate displacement in Middle East: Little rainfall, aggressive heatwaves and worsening drought make the Middle East the most water-stressed region in the world, with climate change threatening to displace millions of people. Hussein Abu Saddam, head of the farmers’ syndicate in Egypt which […]

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Tigris: Iraq’s Mighty River Drying Up

Via Al Monitor, an article on the Tigris: It was the river that is said to have watered the biblical Garden of Eden and helped give birth to civilisation itself. But today the Tigris is dying. Human activity and climate change have choked its once mighty flow through Iraq, where — with its twin river […]

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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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