Existing only from the Nile, Egypt fears disaster from a dam


FILE – In this June 28, 2013 file photo, The Blue Nile river flows near the site of the planned Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam near Assosa in the Benishangul-Gumuz region of Ethiopia, near Sudan, some 800 kilometers (500 miles) from the capital Addis Ababa. The only reason Egypt has ever existed from ancient times until today is because of the Nile River, which provides a thin, fertile strip of green through the desert. For the first time, the country fears a threat to that lifeline, as Ethiopia rushes to finish a massive hydroelectric dam.(AP Photo/Elias Asmare, File)

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California Isn’t Alone: Historic Droughts Happening Around the World

A view of Lake Mead in the distance behind dry cracked earth in an area that used to be underwater near where the Lake Mead Marina was once located on July 17 in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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Parched Caribbean faces widespread drought, water shortages

This June 19, 2015 aerial photo shows a boat ramp and dock rising high above the waterline of La Plata reservoir in Toa Alta, Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico expanded water rationing across several municipalities as it continues to confront a drought of potentially historic proportions. More than 200,000 people are now facing regular water supply cutoffs as the government tries to mitigate the crisis. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)

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Water level in Lake Mead, largest reservoir in the US, drops 150 feet in 14 years


Dry cracked earth that used to be the bottom of Lake Mead is seen near Boulder Beach on May 13, 2015 in Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Nevada. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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As lakes become deserts, drought is Iran’s new problem

Only 15 years ago, Hamoun was the seventh largest wetland in the world, straddling 4,000 square kilometres (1,600 square miles) between Iran and Afghanistan, with water rolling in from the latter’s Helmand river (AFP Photo/Behrouz Mehri)

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Brazil’s most populous region facing worst drought in 80 years

View of the Jaguari dam, part of the Cantareira System

Sao Paulo state has received only one third of the rainfall expected in the wet season.

Brazil’s Environment Minister Izabella Teixeira has said the country’s three most populous states are experiencing their worst drought since 1930

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Water shortages lead to ‘tanker mafia’ in India

India Water Mafia

In this Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014 photo, residents crowd around a government tanker delivering drinking water at a slum in New Delhi, India. In a city known for its vertiginous inequalities, water shortage affects people from both upscale gated communities and dust-blown slums, as every day, supply falls more than 160 million gallons short. The city’s water agency, the Delhi Jal Board, sends 900 tankers onto the crowded roads every day. Tankers usually stop for just 15 minutes, while dozens of people crowd around waving buckets and plastic tubes, in some areas, people get just 3 liters. (AP Photo/Patrick Reevell)

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