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Archive for November, 2009

The Thirsty Dragon: Harnessing “China’s No. 1 Water Tower”

Courtesy of Tibetan Plateau, an updated look at dams being built in eastern Tibet and via Greengrants.org, a interesting (albeit dated) analysis of the policy implications of dam projects on Drichu – the Upper Yangtze River, an area which China persists in viewing as China’s natural water storage tower.  As the articles notes: “…the following […]

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Melting Ice = Rising Tensions In Central Asia

Via Registan, an interesting contemplation on the political, social, and economic impacts that glacial retreat in Kyrgyzstan will have upon the neighboring countries of Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan in the next 20 years.  As the article notes: “…Geologists have recently brought to attention the significant melting of Kyrgyz glaciers Adigene and Petrova. This story is […]

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A Russian Water Grab?

Via Robert Amsterdam, an interesting – if not worrying – article on the Mayor of Moscow, Yuri Luzhkov, and his keen interest in reversing the flow of northern rivers in Russia.  As the article note: “…Water – the oil and gas of the not-too-distant future «…The world community is hoping that Russia will soon become […]

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Singapore and Malaysia Discuss Water

Via Global Voices Online, a report on the ongoing discussions between Singapore and Malaysia over water.  Due to its size and location, Singapore sources about half of its water supply from its neighbor, Malaysia, under two major water agreements, one of which comes due in 2011.  As the article notes: “…The 1961 agreement provides for […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: China Enters Eurasia’s Water Wars

Courtesy of Window on Eurasia, an interesting report on the impact – both ecological and geopolitical – of China’s recent activities to take large volumes of water out of the Irtysh that normally would go to Kazakhstan and Russia.  As the article notes: “…By unilaterally taking out of the Irtysh far more water than ever […]

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No Deal: Madagascar Ends Water Export Scheme With Saudi Arabia

Courtesy of Circle of Blue, an interesting look at how the politics of water dried up a proposed sale of water from Madagascar to Saudi Arabia.  As the article notes: “…Madagascar’s government has ended a water export deal with Saudi Arabia because it was opposed by environmental, civil society groups in the country. …The deal […]

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