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Perth 'sleepwalking into browner, hotter' future as superficial aquifer supply dwindles

In 2007, Perth all but secured its drinking water supply for the future thanks to early investments in technologies like seawater desalination. But trickling away in the background is a serious water problem the city is yet to solve. Perth's number one water source — groundwater — is drying up.

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Climate and Conflict in the Middle East

Of all the regions of the world that will face severe devastation as a result of global warming, perhaps none seems poised to suffer as much as the Middle East, already the planet’s hottest and driest. Between 1961 and 1990, temperatures in the Middle East and North Africa rose by 0.2 degrees Celsius, and they could increase by up to seven degrees Celsius by the end of this century. 

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MEDRC Transboundary Bulletin

UNECE to support Uganda in the preparation of a road map to guide its accession to the Water Convention
Uganda confirmed its intention to accelerate its accession process to the Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention) at a workshop organized by the Ministry of Water and Environment and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).

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Transboundary river basins connect and require effective cooperation

Transboundary water cooperation between Finland and Russia functions nowadays fluently, with several unique features. Reaching this stage has been a long process with fascinating political developments. Water played an important role also in the peace agreements between the countries after the World War II.

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Infrastructure Deal is Big News for WRRC and Water Sector

Did you know that the WRRC was part of the bipartisan infrastructure bill? The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, signed into law this week, contains historic investment in water resources and, of particular importance to the WRRC, it reauthorized the Water Resources Research Act (WRRA). As our readers may know, the WRRC is the water resources research institute for AZ, federally authorized under the WRRA.

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Visualizing the aquifers that straddle the U.S.-Mexico border

Last year, amid widespread drought, a violent protest over water erupted in Chihuahua, Mexico, a state in the northwestern part of the country. Local farmers armed themselves with sticks, rocks and Molotov cocktails and took over the Boquilla Dam, which was holding the water they desperately needed to irrigate their crops. Two people died in confrontations with Mexican soldiers. 

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International Hydro-diplomacy: Building and Strengthening Regional Institutions for Water Conflict Prevention

This study necessitates a call to action on transboundary water governance in the Himalayan region, Central Asia, and the Euphrates-Tigris river basin. If scarce water resources are viewed only strategically, there is a strong likelihood of shared waters becoming a source of contention and competition between riparian states. This possibility alone warrants international attention. The ever-changing security and environmental context make it imperative for internal and external stakeholders to discuss water issues more efficiently within policymaking.

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