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25 May 2021 Tehran, Iran
Hydro dams at 50 Percent capacity, leading to power outages across the country and prompting authorities to ship water to worst-hit regions. Meanwhile cryptocurrency miners consume massive quantities of electricity amid allegations that the country is using them to circumvent trade sanctions.
25 May 2021 Tel Aviv, Israel
Aid agencies ramp up water aid to Gaza following ceasefire. Substantial damage to critical infrastructure leaves hundreds of thousands in need of humanitarian assistance. Rush to restore basic water, sanitation and hygiene services.
21 May 2021 Damascus
Claims and counterclaims persist amid ongoing water cutoffs in Syria's conflict-torn Hasakah region. Between half and million and one million people are without water as aid agencies truck 3,000 m3 per day.
16 Mar 2021 GENEVA, Switzerland
Issues of women’s participation and gender equality in governance of shared waters have received insufficient attention.
10 Feb 2021 WASHINGTON DC, United States
US President Joe Biden has announced that he is “ending all American support for offensive operations in the war in Yemen, including relevant arms sales”, in a move intended to bring to an end the six-year war that has “created a humanitarian and strategic catastrophe”. Fighting between a Saudi-led Arab coalition backed by the US and UK, and Iranian-backed Houthi rebels has killed more than 100,000 people since March 2015, and displaced 3...
21 Jan 2021 ANKARA, Turkey
The causal factors behind Turkey’s water woes include persistently lower rainfall, inefficient water retention policies and wasteful practices in agriculture, municipal and domestic use, further magnified by sustained population growth.With Turkey's government bing forced in January to denia media reports that Istanbul may run out of water within 45 days, new statistics illustrate the role played by outmoded, wasteful irrigation practises in the country...
9 Jan 2021 LONDON, United Kingdom
Christian Aid's annual assessment of weather disasters reports an estimated $150 Billion USD in damages in 2020, reflecting long-term impact of global warming.An estimated 4 Percent of the economic losses from climate-related extreme events occurred in low-income countries were insured, compared to 60 Percent in high-income countries...
9 Nov 2020 NORWICH
Collecting drinking water in low and middle-income countries can cause serious injury, particularly for women, according to new research from the University of East Anglia. A new international study published in BMJ Global Health reveals dangers including falls, traffic accidents, animal attacks, and fights, which can result in broken bones, spinal injuries, lacerations, and other physical injuries...
3 Nov 2020 GENEVA, Switzerland
Environmental organisation WWF has released analysis of new water risk scenarios for 100 cities around the world.The city risk analysis, released on World Cities Day (31 October), includes scenarios in Beijing, Jakarta, Jaipur, Johannesburg, Istanbul, Hong Kong, Mecca and Rio de Janeiro, with almost half of the cities at risk being in China...
12 Oct 2020 PARIS, France
The European Union’s Copernicus Climate Change Service has confirmed that September 2020 was 0.05°C warmer than 2019 and 0.08°C warmer than in 2016, the previous monthly records. It is possible that 2020 could be the warmest year ever recorded, depending on La Nina weather patterns and autumn Arctic ice cover in the last three months of the year...
4 Oct 2020 New YORK NY, United States
In addresses to September’s seventy-fifth session of the General Assembly of the United Nations, the leaders of Ethiopia and Egypt have described their countries’ respective positions and views around the contentious, and soon to be completed Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) on the Blue Nile...
24 Sep 2020 GENEVA, Switzerland
Weather-related Disasters And Conflict Displace 14.6 Million; COVID-19 Exacerbates, Compounds Tragedies
An estimated 14.6 million new internal displacements occurred in the first half of 2020, the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) has reported.Weather-related disasters accounted for about 9.8 million new displacements. Cyclone Amphan affected about 3.3 million in India and Bangladesh. With the destruction of an estimated 2...