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Archive for September, 2009

Hydropolitical Vulnerability in Asia

Via WaterWired, a summary of the Asian section of the UNEP report on hydrovulnerability, in particular the conclusions reached on the West Asia basins (Jordan, Asi-Orontes, Tigris-Euphrates/Shatt Al Arab, Kura-Araks, An Nahr Al Kabir River basin, Aral Sea).  As the report notes: “…The transboundary basins in West Asia show signs of both resiliency and vulnerability, […]

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East Africa: Aquacalypse Now

Courtesy of The Economist, a report on a looming water crisis in East Africa that is likely to give rise to increased violence in this already fragile part of the world.  As the article notes: “…This year’s drought is the worst in east Africa since 2000, and possibly since 1991. Famine stalks the land. The […]

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Water Wars – Between Industries

While this blog normally examines water allocation and scarcity issues between various transnational or other jurisdictions, this New York Times article reports on the increasing likelihood of water “wars” breaking out between industries or corporations as scarcity becomes more and more prevalent.  We have long held that biofuels are an exceedingly inefficient use of water […]

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Hydropolitical Vulnerability and Environmental Security

Via Aquadoc, news that the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is publishing a series on the hydropolitical vulnerability and resilence of international water resources on all the inhabited continents.  As the article notes: “… a nation is hydropolitically vulnerable if there is the potential for conflict to arise with another nation(s) over a particular international […]

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A Dying Aral Sea Gives Rise To Increased Tensions In The Region

Via Window on Eurasia, a report that demise of the Aral Sea, the loss of which is already having an adverse effect on two-thirds of the 50 million people in Central Asia, is rapidly increasing tensions in the capitals of the five countries of the region and could spark new and larger military conflicts among […]

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“Jordan Is Thirsty And Cannot Wait Any Longer…”

Via Terra Daily, a report that Jordan has decided to go it alone and build a two-billion-dollar pipeline from the Red Sea to the Dead Sea without help from proposed partners Israel and the Palestinian Authority.  As the article notes: “…Jordan is thirsty and cannot wait any longer,” said Fayez Batayneh, the country’s chief representative […]

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