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India and Pakistan’s Struggle Over Water

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kashmirAfter two consecutive years of weak monsoons, 330 million people in India, a quarter of the country’s population, are affected by a severe drought. More than 60 percent of agricultural land in India is not irrigated, so the failed rains are particularly devastating for farmers. The drought has destroyed crops and dried up wells already stressed by overuse, forcing rural families to move to cities like Mumbai and prompting hundreds of cash-strapped farmers to commit suicide. In urban areas, dry conditions are compounded by a heatwave that has sent temperatures soaring above 50 degrees Celsius, breaking national records. Low water levels have also forced operators to shut down or scale back electricity production at electrical plants, despite chronic blackouts in many cities. India, the world’s second most populous country, is also acutely aware that erratic monsoons could become worse in the future, calling climate change the biggest risk to its economy.

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HotSpots H2O: Water and the US Election, Syria’s Food Crisis, and the Salween River

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By Cody Pope, Circle of Blue

hot-spotsFrom the Syrian conflict, to protests in Zimbabwe, Tunisia and India, to a deep drought destabilizing South Africa, water is playing a significant role in global civil unrest.

HotSpots H2O from Circle of Blue’s award-winning team of journalists examines regions, populations, and countries that are most at risk from water-related unrest and conflict. It reveals the challenges individuals confront — and the solutions they discover — as they strive to build resilient communities.

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Water Way: The Paintings of Fredericka Foster

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Painter Fredericka Foster

By Alison Rooney

(BIRE), is home, through October 5, to Water Way, a solo exhibition of Fredericka Foster’s oil paintings of water.

Foster, widely exhibited and collected, has had five recent solo exhibitions — with many of these paintings included — at New York City’s Fischbach Gallery. In Water Way, Foster, as explained in program notes, “explores waters from the powerful, dramatic fjords of Norway to the urban, industrialized Hudson River, to discover the complex interaction of color, light and energy intrinsic to earth’s most essential element.

Always moving water, using oils, she applies layers of complex colors to canvas, creating a visual vibrancy that embodies her deep connection with water, evoking its urgent challenges.” On Saturday, April 12, Foster will share thoughts on the creative process behind her exhibition in a 5 p.m. talk, accompanied by musical guests MotherLode Trio and Red, in a “celebration of inspiration.” Read More