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Archive for September, 2008

Russia’s Water

From Russia Profile, an interesting look at Russia’s freshwater situation.  As the article notes, issues of distribution, pollution, and excessive use abound: “..Rich with almost every resource that matters, Russia never had to worry about the quantity, but rather about the quality. Now, this seems to be particularly the case with water, a resource which […]

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Water Wars or Water Woes: Water Management As Conflict Management

Via Circle of Blue, mention of a new video available on YouTube: “Water Wars or Water Woes? Water Management as Conflict Management”  As the article notes: “…Environmental Change and Security Program (ECSP) Director Geoff Dabelko explains that although newspapers and politicians constantly warn of impending “water wars,” water rarely leads to interstate violence. By focusing […]

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Energy Vs. Water: Two Intrinsically Linked Crises

Via Scientific American, an interesting analysis of the inherent tension – and opportunity – in the intrinsically linked energy & water crises.  As the article notes water restrictions are hampering solutions for generating more energy, and energy problems, particularly rising prices, are curtailing efforts to supply more clean water: “…In June the state of Florida […]

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Great Lakes Compact: Another Step Forward

Via Circle of Blue, news that the U.S. House of Representatives has blocked diverting any new water from the Great Lakes and forces bordering states to adhere to new conservation standards. This will prohibit any new diversions of the water to other places.  As the article notes: “…As of Tuesday, grandiose visions of Lake Michigan […]

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Battle at the Top of The World Threatens Indian & Pakistan Water Supply

From Abu Dhabi’s The National, a disturbing report on the environmental havoc that India and Pakistan’s 24-year battle for the Siachen Glacier along the disputed border above Kashmir is wreaking, namely the acceleration of glacial melting which feeds the Nubra River, which drains into the Shyok River – a key tributary of the Indus River […]

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Energy, Water, Food: Geopolitical Linkages & Conflicts

As reported by The Circle of Blue, a new Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a Washington-based bipartisan think-tank, report states that the U.S. needs integrated international water strategy to avert global conflicts over water which could threaten geopolitical stability. As the article notes, 40 percent of the world’s population lives in watersheds shared […]

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