Oil exploration, border disputes threaten Lake Malawi

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With the discovery of potential oil and natural gas reserves, the stakes for who owns Lake Malawi have risen. At odds are Malawi and Tanzania and talks between the two countries have gone nowhere. There have even been allegations of military deployments. If not done carefully, oil drilling poses an environmental threat to the lake. However, a border dispute can quickly escalate out of control and have tragic results for the region. Lake Malawi is the sole source of food, drinking water, irrigation and hydroelectricity for many communities around the lake.

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