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Iraq’s oil boom blamed for worsening water crisis in drought-hit south

Iraq’s oil boom blamed for worsening water crisis in drought-hit south

Journalists Sara Manisera and Daniela Sala write about Western oil companies who are exacerbating water shortages and causing pollution in Iraq as they race to profit from rising oil prices after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

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A precious resource: How Israel uses water to control the West Bank

In occupied West Bank villages, Israeli-owned farms are flourishing, while Palestinians often do not have enough water to drink.

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Death in the marshes: environmental calamity hits Iraq’s unique wetlands

Rivers and lakes that have nurtured communities since civilisation’s dawn are drying up, as drought leads to hunger, displacement and simmering conflict.

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Poison in the haze: documenting life under Ahvaz’s oppressive orange skies

Ahvaz, in western Iran, is one of the world’s most polluted cities. Mohamad Madadi has made it a mission to photograph his home town’s environmental crisis.

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Hundreds of Iraqis hospitalised as thick sandstorm blankets country

Iraq is prone to seasonal sandstorms, a type of dust storm in desert areas, but experts and officials are raising alarm over their frequency in recent years, which they say is exacerbated by record-low rainfall, desertification and climate change.

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‘Gushing oil and roaring fires’: 30 years on Kuwait is still scarred by catastrophic pollution

Oilwells set alight by Iraqi forces in 1991 were put out within months, but insidious pollution still mars the desert.

From 1m trees to a tree graveyard: how Dubai’s conservation plans went awry
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From 1m trees to a tree graveyard: how Dubai’s conservation plans went awry

Hundreds of thousands of trees have died after costly real estate projects thwarted attempts to halt desertification.

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