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Archive for October, 2009

Yemen’s Water Crisis And Conflict: A Signpost To Future Conflicts?

Via Terra Daily, a report on Yemen’s water crisis and the possibility that the localized conflicts developing there could be a harbinger of what may come elsewhere in the region in the decades ahead.  As the article notes: “…Sanaa may be the first capital city in the world to run out of water. If that […]

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Climate Change + Melting Glaciers = Increased Water Tension In Central Asia

Courtesy of the BBC, a report on global warming’s impact /exacerbation of regional water tensions in Central Asia.  As the article notes: “That one – called Adigene – has decreased in size by about 20% over the last 50 years,” he says. He adds that a neighbouring glacier, Aksai, has disappeared completely. Mr Ermenbaev, who […]

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California: Water Politics

Courtesy of The Economist, a detailed look at California’s water politics as it struggles with drought and increasing demand for freshwater by a variety of end users, including fish.  As the article notes: “…Water has divided Californians since Mark Twain remarked that “whiskey’s for drinking, water’s for fighting over.” But this latest conflict comes as […]

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Melting Himalayan Ice Prompts Conflict Fear

Courtesy of The Financial Times, a report on rising threat of conflict between India and Bangladesh – and possibly other parts of south Asia – as the availability of water in Himalayan-fed river systems that support 1.3bn people drops.  As the article notes: On the outskirts of Kathmandu, capital of Nepal, climate researchers twiddle with […]

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Nile Sharing…

Via The East African, commentary on the desire of some downstream riparian countries to renegotiate allocation of water in the Nile River basin.  As the article notes: “…Peaceful and collective negotiations must be encouraged in the quest for a comprehensive legal framework that can allow all the 10 states to equitably utilise the River Nile […]

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Water And The Divided States Of America

Courtesy of Circle of Blue, a highlight of the numerous (and growing) battles in the United States over freshwater.  As the article notes: With floods across the Midwest, droughts along the Southwest, and legal inter-state skirmishes in the West and South—water issues are dividing the United States and challenging its citizens like never before. As […]

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