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Archive for July, 2009

Urgent Talks Over The Euphrates

Via Terra Daily, a report that Iraq’s water resources ministry is seeking urgent talks with neighbouring Turkey and Syria after the flow of water in the Euphrates river fell by more than half in less than a month.  As the article notes: “…The ministry is aiming for “an urgent meeting with ministers and experts from […]

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The Himalayan Watershed: An Outpouring of Future Water Conflict?

Via The New Left Review, a detailed report on the Himalayan watershed and the likelihood that China’s current approach to its water and energy needs could severely impact its neighbors and create onflict between China & India—and exacerbate existing conflicts over shared waterways between India and Bangladesh.  As the article notes: “…For almost half the […]

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Parched Earth: A Dwindling Euphrates Hinders Iraq

Courtesy of The New York Times, an in-depth look at how water issues affect the relationship between Iraq, Turkey, and Syria.  As the article notes: “…The Euphrates is drying up. Strangled by the water policies of Iraq’s neighbors, Turkey and Syria; a two-year drought; and years of misuse by Iraq and its farmers, the river […]

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Trickle Down From The Last Straw

Courtesy of Climate Progress, some additional thoughts on the regional chaos that may emerge in South Asia if the Kashmir glaciers in the Himalaya continue to melt.  Since we blogged earlier about Stephen Faris’ original report in Foreign Policy that focuses focusing on Pakistan’s unsustainable dependence on Kashmiri waters – a dependence that only exacerbates […]

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Water Fight?

Via Canada’s Macleans’ magazine, an interesting article on the likelihood of forthcoming water fights over an increasingly scarce resource: Every few days, another farmer commits suicide in Australia’s Murray-Darling Basin, the agricultural heartland. Many, according to Australian evolutionary biologist Tim Flannery, haven’t had any water in almost four years—in places, the allocation of irrigation water […]

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Iraq Wants More Than Turkey Leftovers: Sharing the Eurphrates & Tigris Rivers

Via Terra Daily, a report that – after years of wrangling – Turkey last month increased the water flow of the Euphrates River into Iraq by 50 percent, helping to boost agricultural harvests. As the article notes, despite this increase, Iraq: “…wracked by a decadelong drought and a rundown agricultural sector, still faces a chronic […]

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