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Archive for January, 2009

Troubled Waters Between El Paso & Ciudad Juarez

Via the Border Wall As Architecture blog, some information on the water problems at the El Paso/Ciudad Juárez border resulting from the fact that they share an aquifer and surface source (the Rio Grande), but have few effective ways to prevent over-use and/or contamination.  As the article notes: “…An arid landscape and climate as well […]

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Central Asian Water: The Thirsty Dragon, The Aral Sea, and Ongoing Dilemmas

As we have discussed in this blog previously, Central Asian countries are divided into water suppliers (the mountainous countries of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan) and water consumers (Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan,  Uzbekistan).  But the Central Asian water crisis is not just about the fate of the Aral Sea. It is about the  management of the entire basin, including […]

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“The West Will Run Dry”: U.S. To Tap Mexico?

Via The Denver Post, an interesting article regarding recent moves between the U.S. and Mexico to ramp up discussions over efforts to enable downstream states to build desalting plants in Mexico that could provide water, albeit expensively, to both Mexico and the U.S.  As the article notes, they are also launching talks for Mexico to […]

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South Africa’s ‘Strategic Water Intervention’ in Lesotho

Via The Water Is Life blog, an interesting look at the Lesotho Highlands Water Project, an intricate network of tunnels and dams diverting water from Lesotho’s mountains to South Africa which South African officials have described as a “strategic intervention to ensure the water security of the country’s richest province Gauteng, which is expected to […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: Science’s Concerns Over South-To-North

Via Yale’s Environment 360 blog, an interesting article on one geologist’s concerns about China’s massive Yangtze River diversion project and how difficult it can be to challenge a government decision in China.  As the report notes: “…his mission was more profound: to investigate the geological and hydrological conditions of the Yangtze River basin – and […]

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The Tibetan Plateau: A Freshwater Bank In Crisis

The Asia Society has produced a documentary about the impact of global warming on the Tibetan plateau, the rivers which originate there, and the people who depend on them to live.  From the introduction: As the source of most of the major river systems in Asia from China to Pakistan, including the Yellow, the Yangtze, […]

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