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Horizon // Jordan joins Mediterranean research effort to tackle water, food insecurity

Jordan has become the 19th country to sign up to an international research effort to tackle water scarcity and food insecurity in the Mediterranean region. The agreement was signed in a ceremony at the World Science Forum in Jordan on 10 November. Once it is ratified by Jordan and the EU, the country will join a list of partners including Israel, Algeria, Tunisia and Turkey, who have agreed to work together to develop ways to meet the growing challenges of climate change, population growth and...

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New York Times // Jordan Water Crisis Worsens as Mideast Tensions Slow Action

Jordanians don't need scientists to tell them that they live in one of the world's driest countries in the center of the planet's most water-poor region. But recent studies suggest the kingdom, a Western ally and refugee host nation with a growing population, is being hit particularly hard by climate change, getting hotter and drier than previously anticipated. One forecast predicts as much as 30 percent less rain by 2100.

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The Independent // Water evaporation could provide vast amounts of renewable energy, find scientists

By Ian Johnston. A machine has been invented that can turn the movement of bacterial spores as air humidity changes into electricity

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Water-Energy Nexus // Turkey tests first floating 260 kW solar power plant in Istanbul

Turkey got its first floating solar plant on August 4 when a solar array of 250 kW became operational on lake Buyukcekmece lake outside Istanbul as a test which could lead to more similar facilities on lakes and reservoirs. The floating power plant was set up by Istanbul Energy and the Istanbul Water and Sewage department (ISKI) under a tender published in August 2016.

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tagesschau // 160,000 solar panels on the water (German)

In Huainan, China, a very special solar power plant has been put into operation. Where only a few farmers lived a few years ago, some 160,000 solar modules are now swimming on a lake. The floating power plant has advantages, but also disadvantages.

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BBC // Food trade drains global water sources at 'alarming' rates

By Matt McGrath. The global market for foodstuffs is depleting water sources in many parts of the world quicker than they can naturally be refilled. The complex trade is increasing pressure on non-renewable groundwater, mainly used for irrigating crops such as rice, wheat and cotton.

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BBC // Welsh Water invests £250m to produce green energy

Welsh Water is investing £250m to help produce its own energy needs and cut its £44m annual utility bill.

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Financial Tribune // Morocco to Build Largest Seawater Desalination Plant

The project will be developed by Abengoa, a Spain-based company that applies innovative technology solutions for sustainability in the energy and environment sectors, in the Agadir region in partnership with the National Office of Electricity and Drinking Water and BMCE Bank, Trade Arabia reported.

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The Stand // Food waste leaves energy production much to digest

By Grant Reynolds and Paul Jones. How combining food waste with sewerage treatment could provide a source of renewable energy and reduce landfill.

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Info Médiaire // Morocco launches world-largest project for desalination of shared seawater for irrigation and drinking water fueled by renewable energies

The National Office of Electricity and Drinking Water (ONEE) and the Ministry of Agriculture, Maritime Fishing, Rural Development, Water and Forests have signed a public-private partnership for this project in the Souss Massa region.

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