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Tension increases in Tunari Park for land and water

By Jessica Vargas, Los Tiempos, 02/05/17, (Translated from Spanish with Google Translate)

Summary

More and more conflict zones are being identified throughout areas, adding land as another basis for conflict. Because land ownership and water rights are not well defined by law, the high rates of urbanization have worsened the need for water felt among the Tunari Park region. 

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Democrats classify possible cloud bombing in Cochabamba as “theft”

By Giuliana Jaldín, Los Tiempos, 01/02/17, (Translated from Spanish with Google Translate)

Summary

In efforts to alleviate the water shortages caused by the drought in Cochabamba, members of the Defense Ministry are pushing for the execution of cloud bombing. This technique relies on the disbursement of silver iodide in the clouds to essentially manipulate the weather and cause rain. Democrats are now criticizing this plan claiming that the 10 percent margin of guarantee for this approach is a misappropriation of $500 Million.      

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“‘Prepared for the worst’: Bolivians face historic drought, and global warming could intensify it”

By Samantha Schmidt, The Washington Post | 11/30/2016 

Summary

Bolivia is experiencing its worst drought in 25 years. Lakes and reservoirs continue to dry out, which has negatively impacted agriculture and livelihoods throughout the country. One of the gravest concerns is the rapid melting of glaciers due to climate change, as many residents depend upon glaciers for water during the dry seasons. President Evo Morales tells his constituents they have to prepare for the worst.

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“More bacteria and high gas levels found in Alalay”

By Violeta Soria, Los Tiempos | 12/7/2016 |  (Translated from Spanish with Google Translate)

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Researchers have found high levels of ammonium and phosphate in theAlalay lagoon. Large quantities of these compounds, which originate in organic waste that dumped in the water, cause algal and bacterial blooms. Lime is one solution to decrease the amount of bacteria in the lagoon, but scientists have discovered that certain types of bacteria present in the water have learned to adapt to this treatment.

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“Leyes questions the lack of government support for the emergency and Corani”

By Redaccion Central, Los Tiempos | 11/24/2016 | (Translated from Spanish to English with Google Translate by Nicole Felter) 

Summary

The Mayor of Cercado, Jose Maria Leyes, has stated that the president of Bolivia, Evo Morales, has not payed as much attention to Cochabamba as it has to La Paz. Semapa, a water service in Cochabamba, has not been able to meet the demands of the people and there has been rationing in place since June. The mayor stated that the national government has not been any help in solving the water crisis within Cochabamba. As the government plans to expand its current budget in order to solve this water crisis, research professor at the University of San Simón, Fernando Salazar, has stated that the municipalities also need to try and find new water sources as well as making sure that the existing water sources are for human consumption.

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