Archive for the ‘Saudi Arabia’ Category

Arizona’s Dry Wells Not Saudi Arabia’s Fault

Via Green Prophet, commentary on private companies pumping Arizona’s groundwater: If you are following American media, Arizona’s water is running worryingly low. You might think it’s a local story but it’s really your story too. It’s one about local resources and who should own them. In dry Arizona, residents are cutting back, collecting rainwater in buckets […]

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Wells Run Dry In US Southwest As Foreign-Owned Farms Guzzle Water To feed Cattle Overseas

Via CNN, an article on how wells are running dry in drought-weary Southwest as foreign-owned farms guzzle water to feed cattle overseas: Workers with the water district in Wenden, Arizona, saw something remarkable last year as they slowly lowered a camera into the drought-stricken town’s well: The water was moving. But the aquifer which sits below the […]

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How Water Strategizing is Remaking the Middle East

Via The Wilson Center, a new report on how water strategizing is remaking the Middle East: For years, many Middle Eastern states have engaged in high-stakes, if generally haphazard, forms of water strategizing. Intent on guaranteeing their water futures amid fluctuations in access—and periodic scarcity, these countries have adopted unique and varyingly successful approaches to […]

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Middle East Warming Up 2X As Fast As Rest Of World

Courtesy of The Washington Post, an article on how the Middle East is warming up twice as fast as the rest of the world: Temperatures in the Middle East and eastern Mediterranean are rising almost twice as fast as the rest of the world, according to a new study, with far-reaching consequences for the health and […]

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Egypt Hopes Gulf Mediation Will Help Resolve Nile Dam Dispute

Via Al Monitor, an article on how Egypt has intensified its contacts with Gulf countries to mobilize support in the GERD file, although statements and public support may not be enough to pressure Ethiopia back to the negotiation table:   As part of its moves against Ethiopia’s policies related to the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), […]

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The Gulf’s True Weakness Is Its Water-Supply Resources

Via The National Interest, commentary on MENA’s water scarcity challenge: Water is a vital strategic resource in the Middle East. Assuring its security requires the same vigilance that has been applied to protect oil. The growing populations of the region and the parallel increase in economic activity has dramatically increased the demand for fresh water. […]

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