Summary: This week’s topics include major mergers, Russia in Syria, Kenya’s TV blackout, the Problem Solvers Caucus, the plummeting Dow, and the spate of Republican Congressmen stepping down from office.
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About "Day Zero"
In Cape Town, South Africa, a hauntingly simple problem has emerged. There simply isn’t enough water. The region is in the midst of a years-long drought that shows no signs of letting up. It’s estimated that without rain, the water taps will stop on a day in mid-March or early April. That day has been dubbed “Day Zero,” and Cape Town is desperately hoping to avoid it.
The situation is grim. Tap water is being rationed, people are lining up to buy drinking water, and local breweries are allowing people to fill buckets from taps. If every citizen abides by the 50 liter (13 gallon) per-day limit, Cape Town may stay ahead of Day Zero until the rain comes, but things aren’t looking good. Reports estimate that only 55% percent of Capetonians adheres to rationing, and projects like desalinization plants and boreholes are behind schedule. It goes without saying that Day Zero would be a calamity, both in the potential for riots and the simple fact of having no water.
This week, you’re asked whether it’s realistic to hope for Cape Town.
This week’s first round provides an overview of the big questions for this week. Other topics include major mergers, Russia in Syria, Kenya’s TV blackout, the Problem Solvers Caucus, the plummeting Dow, and the spate of Republican Congressmen stepping down from office.
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