Kyrgyzstan locals at Batken close to the friendship river

Crossing borders with rivers of friendship in Central Asia

The piercing sun showed promise of a long lunch. Perhaps it could have been shashlik, skewers of juicy mutton, relished with wheels of warm bread. Here in Kyrgyzstan, it could have been served enjoying the green landscape of Batkin, like yesterday, after a morning of hunting for the rare Aygul flower. Today the heat only served a trickle of sweat …

Two thirsty cities on how they save water now, and for the future

Some cities have to look further than ever before in search of water.  They pump it from further away, look for it underground, take it from the sea, or might tow it from Antarctica.  However, finding more water is only a part of the solution. “As the saying goes: you can’t build yourself out of a drought,” says Priya Reddy, …