Archive for the ‘Kenya’ Category

Thirsty City: Nairobi May Run Dry

Via The Guardian, a report on the critical state of Nairobi’s water supplies, clear evidence of a broken loop between how a city reconciles its thirst for water and its hunger for food: For the team managing Nairobi’s water, the stakes have never been so high. Water-rationing has been going on in Kenya’s capital since […]

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Africa’s Aral Sea?

Via Yahoo!, a report on the tensions arising over Ethiopia’s Gibe III dam’s impact on Lake Turkana: The beach looks ready for war: in the sparse lakeshore shade hundreds wait, sweaty from the heat, weapons at their feet. In Kenya’s hot, dry and lawless north even the fishermen are armed, but guns will not save […]

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Dam Divides Ethiopia From Its Neighbors

Via Future Directions International, a report on how the Gibe III Dam on the Omo River has already begun providing much needed hydroelectricity to Ethiopia, but caused increased tensions among local tribes and neighbouring countries: Background The initial support of the Kenyan Government quickly changed when the environmental and social impacts of the dam project […]

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Will An Ethiopia Dam Turn Lake Turkana Into ‘Endless Battlefield’?

Via The Guardian, a report on the potential impact of Ethiopia’s Gibe III dam on Kenyans living near world’s largest desert lake, so of whom predict conflict, hunger and cultural devastation when hydroelectric project is completed: People living near Lake Turkana in northern Kenya have little understanding that the fresh water essential to their development […]

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Quenching Kenya: Can New Water Discoveries Save East Africa?

Via Foreign Policy, an interesting article on the role that two recently discovered aquifers in Kenya may play in regional development and politics: An armed Turkana man walks towards the shores of Lake Turkana, October 12, 2013. Water scarcity is becoming the defining international crisis of the twenty-first century. Water conflicts rage across the world […]

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The Limited Promise of Kenya’s Aquifer Discoveries

Courtesy of STRATFOR (subscription required), analysis of  Kenya’s recent discovery of several new aquifers: The recent discovery of several new aquifers in northern Kenya is welcome news for a region where much of the population does not have reliable access to drinking water and where resource scarcity has hampered economic growth. However, initial claims that […]

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