Updated 0239 GMT (1039 HKT) July 12, 2018 (CNN)In one of the hottest, driest places on earth, water is so scant it needs to be filtered from the sea. The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is the world's most water-scarce region, with 17 countries below the water poverty line set by the United Nations. Much like money spent from an overdrawn bank account, water in the region is being withdrawn faster than it can be replenished, meaning MENA countries are essentially "living beyond their means." This is the finding of a recent World Bank report, which outlines how the region can move beyond water scarcity to greater water security. Home to six percent of the world's population, yet just one percent of the world's freshwater resources, the report found that the MENA region needs to take critical action to narrow the gap between water supply and demand. Photos: The Middle East and North Africa's battle against water scarcity Water scarcity – Earth's surface … [Read more...] about Can the Middle East solve its water problem?
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Shira Rubin Special to USA TODAY Published 9:00 p.m. UTC Jun 29, 2018 TEL AVIV, Israel – When visitors enter the Middle East’s first natural history museum here next week, they'll spot a dramatic re-creation of the Great Bird Migration, when a half-billion birds make a stopover in Israel's Hula Valley en route from Europe to Africa. The ultra-modern museum designed like Noah's Ark "is a symbol of conservation and of bringing all the world’s animals together,” said Tamar Dayan, who chairs the $40 million Steinhardt Museum of Natural History, set to open Monday in Tel Aviv. The 100,000-square-foot museum is a tribute to Israel’s indigenous flora and fauna, as well as a battle cry for preservation, as climate change, urban development and man-made devastation wreak havoc on the region’s rich ecosystems, according to the curators. “It’s unusual to have a museum established in the 21st century, but this is the … [Read more...] about The Middle East’s first natural history museum is designed like Noah’s Ark
By Dennis McCarthy | [email protected] | PUBLISHED: May 24, 2018 at 1:25 pm | UPDATED: May 24, 2018 at 1:26 pm If there is a front line in this never-ending war in the Middle East, Air Force Lieutenant Col. Dena Delucia, a Bronze Star recipient, is on it. Not with a weapon, but with an olive branch. She’s already served three tours of duty in Kuwait, Afghanistan and Iraq, and this September she leaves for her fourth — back to Iraq where she works in civil affairs. She leads a team that goes into small villages and towns, where the local people have more urgent matters on their minds than who will ultimately control the fate of their country. They don’t have the time to worry about it because most of them won’t be alive to see it if conditions in their village don’t change fast. “You’re in a small town in the middle of a Third World country where many people are dying and violently ill, and they don’t know why or what to do,” … [Read more...] about After three tours of duty in the Middle East, for this veteran service still comes from the heart
With so many crazy contradictions illuminated by the rocket’s red glare and the bombs bursting in air over Syria on Friday night — the lack of any coherent American or allied policy in that nation’s ruthless 7-year civil war, the lack of any legal justification for the United States to attack the regime of the despicable Bashar al-Assad, and the lack of faith in scandal-scarred President Trump to make good decisions — my mind keeps going back to a simple and horrific image. It was only two-and-a-half years ago that the world was shocked to see the pictures of 3-year-old Alan Kurdi, a Syrian refugee whose lifeless body was found on a Turkish beach in September 2015, after a risky boat ride on which his Kurdish family gambled in a desperate attempt to flee the bloodshed and reach the West ended in catastrophe. The painful image of the dead child sparked pleas for the world — including the United States — to do more for Syrian families trying to … [Read more...] about U.S. bombs won’t save the kids of the Middle East. Here’s what we can do
Behind many of the world’s violent crises lies a common factor: water.“It was John F. Kennedy who said he or she who can crack the solution for water scarcity should win a dual Nobel Prize — worthy of both the peace and science prizes,” said Hussein A. Amery of the Colorado School of Mines and author of "Arab Water Security: Threats and Opportunities in the Gulf States." “He said this in early 1960s, when the world population was 3 billion. The world now has 7.5 billion people and we’re still struggling with the same challenge.”Amery will lead a panel discussion arranged by the Montana World Affairs Council on Thursday evening. Titled “Water as Gold: Global Water Issues from the Middle East to Montana,” the panel includes hydrologist Nick Silverman, University of Montana Central and Southwest Asian Studies Center Director Mehrdad Kia and Blackfoot Challenge Executive Director Charles Curtin.A five-year drought that devastated … [Read more...] about Water panel brings expert in Middle East conflict to Missoula