'Pipe Dreams: The Plundering of Iraq's Oil Wealth' by Erin Banco (Columbia Global Reports, 144 pages, $15)
Turkey will face an agricultural drought in the spring and should start rainwater harvesting according to an evaluation made by one of Turkey’s top meteorologists.
A toxic combination of decreasing rainfall, the abandonment of rural areas and an increase in water consumption over the past few decades has resulted in more than half the island of Cyprus being in immediate danger of desertification. Just 1.5 percent of the land area - the ridge of the Troodos mountain range - is not deemed to be at any such risk.
The Prosecuting Magistracy charged former executive director of Irrigation Systems EAD Dimitar Ivanov with inflicting BGN 2,986,355 detriment on the state-owned company resulting from the conclusion of four disadvantageous contracts for legal services between November 2013 and November 2014, and embezzling BGN 6,056 in the form of a mobile handset and two laptop computers.
Located in the region of Karditsa in Thessaly, Lake Plastira is an artificial lake. The water mass is fed by Tavropos River. The lake, which holds 400 million cubic metres of fresh water, was allegedly conceived by General Nikos Plastiras in 1952. It is mainly used for water irrigation and as a power source. After the recent cold spell of weather the water turned into a frozen lake.
Romania is to invest 550 million euro in rehabilitating its largely disused irrigation network, covering 750,00 hectares by 2020, with most of the money coming from the European Union.