Topic

Water

  • Empty bowl: Poverty floods Vietnam’s Mekong Delta

    December 17, 2015

    A boy named Nguyen Van Trong walked cautiously along a ditch while keeping his eyes trained on the ground. Every day he returns to this mangrove forest to search for discarded plastic bottles that he can sell. On a good day, he can make up to two dollars, which helps to supplement his family’s income. […]

  • Encroaching desert fuels conflict in northern Nigeria

    December 11, 2015

    Northern Nigeria is a region of vast arable land, capable of feeding the entire country with enough left to export. Yet millions of its inhabitants have been uprooted in their own country, victims of the advancing Sahara Desert that is moving southward at a rate of 0.6 kilometers per year. The resulting land deterioration leaves […]

  • Drinking water salinity impacting maternal health in Bangladesh

    December 09, 2015

    Drinking wells in the villages of southwest Bangladesh have been contaminated with salty ocean water for so long, people have gotten used to the taste. Now, scientists think that worsening salinity could be having dire, long-lasting health effects on the people living in the region — and climate change is likely to blame. The world’s […]

  • Egypt’s Nile River Delta is sinking into the sea

    December 08, 2015

    It’s not bad luck hurting Egypt’s farmers—it’s the sea. It’s warming, rising and expanding onto the low-lying, delta lands and seeping into the water that feeds them. By the end of the century, 60 percent of the delta region will be so saturated with salt as to be barely farmable.

  • The rising danger of flooding in Egypt

    December 07, 2015

    The first drops of rain drew the children out of their houses. As the first rainfall to come to Wadi el Lega, a tiny desert settlement in South Sinai, in more than six months, this was cause to celebrate. Rain brought green shrubs for their camels and goats to eat; rain refilled their cisterns; rain […]

  • China’s climate migrants

    December 03, 2015

    As the roof of their home was brought crashing down in a planned demolition, Ma Guoqing and his family set off to start their new life. Ma, 31, was leaving the village of Luziwo in the northern Chinese province of Ningxia, where he lived with his parents, his wife and his son. They knew nothing […]

  • Kalash valleys struggle to survive post-floods

    December 03, 2015

    As winter tightens its grip over Pakistan’s Kalash valleys, home to the ancient Kalash tribe, many parts of the mountain region are still struggling to repair the damage wrought by the floods this monsoon “You won’t recognize Bumburet Valley when we get there,” my driver informed me as we navigated through streams and attempted to […]

  • High and dry in Nepal’s Mustang Valley

    December 02, 2015

    In a trans-Himalayan region that receives less than 200 millimeters of rain a year, erratic rain and snowfall have led to a deepening water crisis. Known formerly as the Kingdom of Lo, and open to outsiders only in 1992, Upper Mustang still has an air of mystery around it. Bordering China on the north and […]

  • Conflict and climate dry out Jordan Valley

    December 02, 2015

    The Jordan Valley, which encompasses modern day Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian territories, has long been considered the region’s food basket. But the once cascading waters of the Jordan River – the lifeblood of its fertile grounds – have been reduced in many places to a mere trickle, victim of transboundary squabbling over water rights […]

  • Long walks for water in Bolivia’s Great Chaco

    December 02, 2015

    Yumao is a community in the Bolivian Great Chaco where women and children must walk up to eight kilometers a day to collect water from the Rio Grande, an increasingly complicated feat in times of a changing climate.