Africa Utilities 

Ethiopia to respond to Egyptian complaint on Nile dam

Ethiopia has prepared a comprehensive response to a complaint by Egypt about the filling of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), a top government official said. Seleshi Bekele, the minister of water, irrigation and energy, briefed senior government officials on Monday about recent developments surrounding the dam, the state-run Ethiopian News Agency reported. Egypt submitted the complaint to the UN Security Council last week as part of a massive international campaign to stop Ethiopia from filling the $5-billion hydro dam on the Nile. Egypt claims the dam would reduce the…

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Africa Utilities 

How Water Scarcity Adds to Women’s Burden in Northern Ghana

Attaining universal and fair access to safe and affordable drinking water for all by the year 2030 is considered basic in attaining the Sustainable Development Objective 6. However about 4 billion individuals, nearly two-thirds of the population of the world, face severe water shortage and over 2 billion individuals reside in countries experiencing high water tension. Water system is not equitably dispersed across the globe. In sub-Saharan Africa, about 40%of the population lacks safe drinking water.  Another measurement of water inequality is gender. A research study conducted in 25 sub-Saharan…

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Global North America 

The Fallacious Fantasy of Doomsday Prepperism

What makes a person a prepper? Is it how many rows of cans are stacked in their basement? Intimate familiarity with the finest brands of water purification tablets? Or is it the glint in their eye when they talk about the impending collapse of civilization? Mark O’Connell has a theory. “Preppers are not preparing for their fears: they are preparing for their fantasies,” he writes in his new book, Notes From an Apocalypse, a tour of places where catastrophic thinking reigns. Ford O’Connell, a prepper lives for the moment when…

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Global South America 

How do communities fight coronavirus when they don’t have water?

The river in Petorca, Chile, is completely dry. The small, poor settlements that line Petorca’s River Ligua once relied on the river for its source of water. But for the past 15 years, residents here have turned to delivery trucks that bring water from elsewhere. Unlike the running water they once enjoyed, the communities’ water now is stagnant, limited and often contaminated. The problems brought by the continuing drought have only been compounded by the ever-growing threat of the novel coronavirus, which has infected more than 328,000 and killed over…

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Agriculture Mining 

Illegal Mining Polluting Water in Liberian Grand Cape Mount County

Fula Town in Grand Cape Mount County is famously known for illegal mining activities. The town has a population of more than 500 inhabitants, but that number usually doubles or triples when there is the discovery of a deposit of gold or diamond according to locals. According to them, the area is gradually being depleted of the gold and diamond minerals as a result of the illegal mining activities which are mainly been done by people from neighboring Sierra Leone even though Liberians are involved. This illegal has come with…

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