The Spanish city of Valencia sits under a blanket of ash, as two converging fires continue to devour the eastern coast of the country. Since the blaze ignited last week, more than 45,000 hectares of land have been destroyed, forcing upwards of 2,000 people to flee their homes.
Drought in the Sahel region of West Africa is fast becoming a humanitarian crisis; Henry Makiwa travels to Burkina Faso to see how the lack of rain and an influx of refugees have affected the country.
I read with a great deal of dismay last week that a House of Lords committee proposed an overall hike on water prices without calling for a greater number of water meters in homes. It was even more disconcerting that the findings of the committee were echoed in today’s Queen’s Speech, when the announcement of the government’s new Draft Water Bill shied away from mentioning water meters.
Over the past few months, a barrage of posters and news reports have informed us that the country is now in drought after two of the driest years on record. But would restricting our individual water usage help the situation – or should water companies be doing more?
I have to admit that I am a self-indulgent when it comes to showers. There is nothing I like more than to stand under hot water, washing the sticky sleep out of my eyes, preparing for the day ahead. It is also the easiest cure for a hangover, although if you actually want to recover completely I would recommend going into work or doing some exercise.
For decades Africa has been the problem continent, and the Horn it’s struggling epicentre. Ravaged by leaders unanimously opting for autocratic rule, looted and fractured by base sectarian warfare and economically stifled by unyielding climate change and abusive agriculture mechanisation; Somalia, Ethiopia and Eritrea have monopolised global tragedy for as long as the world has been watching.
The faces of hunger and famine have become part of perennial shame as drought hits the East African region once again. I have to say, this did not come as a surprise – the writing has been on the wall as early as last year August.
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