Our Top Weekend Reads
Southeast Asia is turning a blind eye to the Rohingya, Israel-Jordan relations are deteriorating, and Kataib Hezbollah is losing influence in Iraq.
The Pandemic Is Laying Bare a Global Water Crisis
Insufficient water for washing is likely to worsen the coronavirus in the poorest nations. There’s a better way forward.
Science Shows Chinese Dams Are Devastating the Mekong
New data demonstrates a devastating effect on downstream water supplies that feed millions of people.
The United States Must Not Pick Sides in the Nile River Dispute
Ethiopia and Egypt are at odds over a Nile dam. Washington should be helping them compromise, rather than doing Cairo’s bidding.
River of the Dammed
Ethiopia’s continued efforts to dam the Nile could end in war with Egypt. Here’s how to stop that from happening.
Iran Is Committing Suicide by Dehydration
The Islamic Republic’s corruption is draining the country of its most precious resource: water.
The Beautiful Rivers—And the Dammed
Advances in solar and wind power mean that hydropower is no longer the only renewable game in town—and that’s good news for the world’s rivers.
Israel’s About-Face on Gaza
Netanyahu may be changing his mind about war. If he does, it will be thanks to an environmental and health disaster that threatens to cross the border.
Afghanistan’s Rivers Could Be India’s Next Weapon Against Pakistan
New Delhi is funding an ambitious dam near Kabul that could reduce water flow to its rival downstream. The project might spark the world’s next conflict.
How to Defeat Drought
Cape Town is running out of water. Israel offers some lessons on how to avoid that fate.
China’s Mekong Plans Threaten Disaster for Countries Downstream
Beijing is building hydroelectric dams and dredging to allow bigger boats as worries of environmental devastation grow.
Why the India-Pakistan War Over Water Is So Dangerous
As New Delhi and Islamabad trade nuclear threats and deadly attacks, a brewing war over shared water resources threatens to turn up the violence.
The Poisoned Waters of Punjab
Mothers in the Indian state of Punjab say the water has rendered them infertile -- claims that researchers support but that the government laughs off.
Why Water Is a Fundamental National Security Issue
2014 Global Thinker Arye Kohavi and writer Charles Fishman explain why the world’s water problems are solvable — if it weren’t for the clunky policies standing in the way.
How Canada Could Cash In on California’s Drought
America's water-rich neighbor to the north is seeing green in the Golden State's dry rivers and dead crops.