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Archive for March, 2009

Hands on The Tap: China, Israel, and U.S.

Via The Nation, an interesting article positing further that the next resource wars will be fought, not over oil, but over water.  As the article notes: “…Maude Barlow, senior advisor to the United Nations on water issues, wrote that the way in which we view water “will in large part determine whether our future is […]

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Dam Development in Tibet Affecting Downstream Nations

Via The Tibetan Plateau blog, a report on dam development in the Tibetan areas of Brahmaputra and Mekong that will impact downstream nations.  As the article notes: 1. Brahmaputra (Yarlung Tsangpo), one of the last two free-flowing, undammed major rivers in Tibet, AND China, is also being dammed. Salween is the other major river that […]

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Turkey: A Regional Water Superpower…Engaging In Water Politics

Via Stratfor (subscription required), interesting analysis of Turkey’s water dominance in a parched Middle East.  As the report notes: “…During a recent visit to Baghdad to discuss joint efforts against Kurdish rebels, Turkish President Abdullah Gul reportedly promised to double the amount of water allocated to Iraq from the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. His pledge […]

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Darfur: Water Drying Up But Violence Is Not…

Via WorldChanging, an updated report on the impact that water – or the lack thereof – has upon the tragedy in Darfur where the competition for water and fertile land is considered a driving force behind the violence that has killed more than 300,000 people since 2003,.  As the article notes: “…Amidst the turmoil in […]

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China Builds A Dam on The Indus Without Informing Downstream Users

Via The International News, a report that – without informing the other users of Indus River – China has built a dam at catchment area of the river in Tibet at Senge-Ali.  As the article notes: “…Alice Albinia, a British journalist and writer who recently visited Indus up to its roots, wrote in her book […]

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Hydro Diplomacy

Via Terra Daily, an article examining the state of hydro-diplomacy and successes to date of avoiding water wars.  As the report notes: “…From South Asia and to the Middle East, from Australia to California, rivers and aquifers that cross boundaries have become potent sources of friction. Farmers squabble with city dwellers over irrigation rights while […]

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