France recalls its envoys to US and Australia by Harry Johnson, eTN, 9/19/2021

Francee, Envoys

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France calls its exclusion from the new AUKUS alliance and loss of a major submarine contract a stab in the back. The French President canceled a gala event at the French Embassy in Washington, D.C. scheduled for the 240th anniversary of a historic naval battle.

According to Le Drian, the decision to recall the envoys was completely justified by the ‘exceptional gravity’ of the September 15 announcement made by Australia, the USA and the UK.

Chile Will Now Reclaim Water but Will the Country Un-privatize Fresh Water? by Michelle Langrand at Geneva Solutions, 9/5/2021

Chile, water

(Rocio Egio for Geneva Solutions/)

Chile is coming to grips with a challenge that many other countries sooner or later will have to face as global warming continues to shrink the water supply. Who should get to own water?

Once known as a water‐rich country, Chile has been struck for the past decade by the worst drought in its history, with rain levels dropping by 20 to 40 per cent. Meanwhile, agriculture, mining and other economic activities have been soaking up its rivers, glaciers and aquifers, putting it at the top of the list of countries that will be facing high water stress by 2040, according to the World Resources Institute.

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