Water is crucial for social and economic development. Turkey has always been characterised by political tensions with its neighbours and by generally limited water availability, making the allocation of water an important and potentially discordant issue.
Behind the escalating violence in Iraq, Syria and Yemen, as well as the epidemic of civil unrest across the wider region, is a growing shortage of water.
Six million people in Brazil’s biggest city, Săo Paulo, may at some point find themselves without water. The February rains did not ward off the risk and could even aggravate it by postponing rationing measures which hydrologists have been demanding for the last six months.