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    It is a time of extreme heat and anxiety in Sri Lanka. Even the rains last week felt like a sudden burst of cold water on the smouldering asbestos sheets on most Sri Lankan household roofs, creating a blast of cold air before the heat returns once the rains end. - http://www.ipsnews.net/2012/08/as-temperatures-rise-in-sri-lanka-drought-wreaks-havoc/

  • Mary Helen Ferris

    Drought and chronic water shortages played a significant role in sparking Syria's civil war and in unrest throughout much of the Middle East, water experts now believe. Around the world, water demand already exceeds supply in regions with more than 40 percent of the world's population. That may climb to 60 percent in the coming decade, a new study has found. "Water-scarce regions can't grow enough food to feed their own people," said co-author Manzoor

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