Environment

Bangladesh starts building first nuclear plant

Staff Writers Dhaka 

Energy-starved Bangladesh on Wednesday inaugurated the opening phase of work for its first ever nuclear power plant using Russian technology. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina laid the foundation stone of the Rooppur nuclear power plant in the country's northwest, which will have two 1,000 megawatt reactors costing up to $4 billion.

 

A Bright Future for Solar Power in the Middle East

Stratfor Analysis
Deserts are seemingly obvious places to locate solar technology. In fact, the swath of desert stretching from the Atlantic Ocean, across North Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, to the Persian Gulf has vast solar potential. But until recently it has not been economically feasible, or even necessary, to develop the renewable resource. In many areas, geographic constraints such as rough terrain have made solar projects impractical.

We’re running out of water, and the world’s powers are very worried

 By Nathan Halverson

Secret conversations between American diplomats show how a growing water crisis in the Middle East destabilized the region, helping spark civil wars in Syria and Yemen, and how those water shortages are spreading to the United States.

Two-Thirds of the Globe Face Water Shortages, Major Study Finds


Global water scarcity is far more severe than previously thought
By May Bulman / The Independent

Four billion people live under conditions of severe water shortages at least one month of the year, according to new research.Nearly half of these people live in India and China, according to astudy by Science Advances. Other populations facing severe water scarcity live in Bangladesh, the United States (mostly in western states), Pakistan and Nigeria.

Syria's Looming Water Calamity


by Daniel Pipes
Cross-posted from National Review Online, The Corner
Two reports from Beirut's Al-Akhbar point to potentially catastrophic water problems about to affect Syria.
The lesser concerns Aleppo, where mortar shells and barrel bombs have slackened off but Islamist rebels have shut down the city's potable water supply, forcing Aleppan residents in government-controlled areas to depend on wells and trucks for limited, contaminated, and expensive water.

CLIMATE CHANGE AND IMPACT ON GLOBAL STABILITY

Bottom Line Up Front

• Climate models predict that in coming years, rising temperatures, rising sea levels, and decreased equator-versus-pole temperature differences will cause the number of intense storms to increase, as well as the intensity of drought and flood cycles

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