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Archive for January, 2008

U.N. Chief: “Water is Running Out”

As reported by CBS News, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged the world to put the looming crisis over water shortages at the top of the global agenda this year and take action to prevent conflicts over scarce supplies.  Ban told business and political leaders at the World Economic Forum that the session should be named: […]

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A 21st Century “Chinatown” – Reid Holds a Royal Flush for Las Vegas Water Supplies

A fascinating article in the February issue of Portfolio magazine, detailing Harry Reid’s — the Democrats’ United States Senate leader — support of developers and pit miners in his home state of Nevada, where runaway growth portends a ruinous water crisis and a threatened desert ecosystem. In a story that conjures up memories of Los […]

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Water – The Oil of the 21st Century

An interesting article in today’s Wall Street Journal, noting that the chief executives of Coca-Cola Co., Nestlé SA and others will warn the World Economic Forum in Davos this week that the world is running out of water, threatening conflict, higher prices and lost production.  While this dilemma is certainly not new for Water Politics […]

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The Drying of the American West – A Wellspring of Future Water Wars

As we have discussed previously, the U.S. West is facing a myriad of water resource issues. In an excellent article, National Geographic recently analyzed the “drying of the American West”, focusing particularly on the decreasing flow of the Colorado River and the fact that the 20th century — the century when Americans built an incredible […]

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The Thirsty Dragon and An Iron Dust Bowl: The Politics of Water & Sand in Northern China

Northern China is drying out, and there is little to suggest that the situation will change for the better.  As a China Environmental Forum document noted in 2006, water scarcity — a problem throughout China — is most acute in the north where per capita resources are only 750 cubic meters per year (1,700 cubic […]

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Global Water Geopolitics: Potential Water Woes (and Wars) in Central Asia

As freshwater resources become ever more scarce or polluted, a global crisis in access to clean water is emerging. While this will be most acutely felt in Africa and West Asia, a lack of freshwater is already an economic constraint in major growth markets like China, India, and Indonesia, as well as commercial centers in […]

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