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The Sweet Days Are Gone

Sharafkhaneh port, East Azerbaijan province, Iran
Solmaz Daryani, December 21, 2015

Lake Urmia is located in the northwest of Iran, between two main provinces of West Azerbaijan and East Azerbaijan. It was the biggest salt lake in the Middle East and the sixth-largest saltwater lake on Earth. During the past ten years, approximately 80% of the lake has dried due to climatic changes, poor agricultural water management, the damming of rivers that fed it and the extraction of groundwater through many thousands of illegal wells.

The Sweet Days Are Gone

Sharafkhaneh port, East Azerbaijan province, Iran
Solmaz Daryani, December 21, 2015

Lake Urmia is located in the northwest of Iran, between two main provinces of West Azerbaijan and East Azerbaijan. It was the biggest salt lake in the Middle East and the sixth-largest saltwater lake on Earth. During the past ten years, approximately 80% of the lake has dried due to climatic changes, poor agricultural water management, the damming of rivers that fed it and the extraction of groundwater through many thousands of illegal wells.

The Sweet Days Are Gone

Sharafkhaneh port, East Azerbaijan province, Iran
Solmaz Daryani, December 21, 2015

The relationships between places and past events shape human identity and provide memories that are a reservoir of pain and joy; they connect the chain of time between past and future. In addition to other characteristics, my place of birth, beliefs and ethnic roots all constitute a part of my identity.

Earth’s underground water quantified

November 17, 2015
BBC

The total amount of groundwater on the planet, held in rock and soil below our feet, is estimated to be 23 million cubic km.
If this volume is hard to visualise, imagine the Earth’s entire land surface covered in a layer some 180m deep.

Cameron accuses foreign leaders such as President Gaddafi and President Assad of supposedly using chemicals on their own people as a justification for regime change, but he is doing precisely that here in Britain by forcing toxic, life-threatening fracking chemicals on his own people against the advice of his own chief scientist.

− Vivienne Westwood,

Fashion designer

We have to accept that there isn’t enough water for everyone to do everything they want anymore, if there ever was. We have to accept that all water users, including the environment, deserve a say in how to allocate the limited water we have.

− Peter Gleick,

President of the Pacific Institute

What California Can Learn From Saudi Arabia’s Water Mystery

Oakland, California, United States
Text by Nathan Halverson - Reveal, Photographs by Balazs Gardi, April 27, 2015

This article originally appeared on Reveal

A decade ago, reports began emerging of a strange occurrence in the Saudi Arabian desert. Ancient desert springs were drying up.

The springs fed the lush oases depicted in the Bible and Quran, and as the water disappeared, these verdant gardens of life were returning to sand.

Lay Off the Almond Milk, You Ignorant Hipsters

April 17, 2015
Mother Jones

The water-intensive nature of almond milk, of course, is no secret. By law, food manufacturers have to name ingredients in order of their prevalence in the product. For Califia and other almond milk brands, it starts like this: “filtered water, almonds.” Given that it takes 1.1 gallons of water to grow a single almond in California, where 80 percent of the world’s almonds are produced, drenching the finished product in yet more water seems insane.

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The Japanese town that was poisoned

February 11, 2015
BBC

More than 2,000 people died from eating contaminated seafood from the area, with thousands more suffered life-long damage.

It would take years before the Chisso Corporation admitted their role in the poisoning of the environment.

The Waters Beneath

February 10, 2015
Foreign Policy

In May 2009, a truck rolled through the Sheikh Yasin camp in Mardan, Pakistan’s “city of hospitality,” where thousands of people had fled following one of the country’s military offensives against the Taliban.

If water was a scarce commodity to this refugee community, ice was a luxury. And it was worth fighting for: A single block could refrigerate whatever perishables the displaced had secured for their families.

Will Wadi Fukin Lose Its Water?

Wadi Fukin, West Bank, Palestine
Text by Daniel Tepper, Photographs by Andrew Lichtenstein, January 31, 2015

Home to around 1,300 Palestinians, the village of Wadi Fukin sits in a fertile valley close to Bethlehem, right along the border with Israel. Driving along the only road that leads into town, I’m taken by the sheer size of the nearby Israeli settlement, Beitar Illit, built just to the East. White stone residential towers housing over 45,000 Israelis rise above on the hills as my car descends into the valley. The buildings slide down towards the village, ending in a towering wall built into the hillside that looms above groves of olive trees.