HotSpots H2O, January 23: Iran Follows Alarming Pattern of Water Crisis

The Global Rundown Water shortages play a role in ongoing unrest across Iran.
Skirmishes over water begin in Cape Town, South Africa, as the city approaches “Day Zero.” Malaria becomes the latest disease to stalk war-torn Yemen as the country’s healthcare and sanitation systems collapse.
Famine looms in the Democratic Republic of Congo amid conflict, displacement, and aid shortages.
Egypt insists that the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam will not ruin the country’s relations with Ethiopia.
“The Nile basin enjoys great resources and capabilities that makes it a source of interconnection, building and development, not a source of conflict.” –Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, President of Egypt, in reference to the recent dispute between Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on the Nile river.
President Sisi insisted that the dam would not ruin Egypt’s relations with Ethiopia, despite contention over the project in recent weeks.
Reuters Latest WaterNews from Circle of Blue Deadly Legionella Bacteria Are Common in U.S. Building Plumbing – Water samples from cooling towers across the country show signs of the bacteria.
By The Numbers 14 years Length of Iran’s crippling drought, which has played a major role in the country’s unrest.
The pattern in Iran–water shortage followed by widespread unrest–serves as an example of what could happen in other countries facing water scarcity.
CBS NewsIn context: Cape Town’s “day zero” approaches.

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