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Archive for December, 2009

Groundwater, Geopolitics, and the Guaraní Aquifer

Via Water Wired, a note that the current issue of Stygoscape focuses on the Guaraní aquifer – one of the largest reservoirs of groundwater in the world which is  shared by Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay.  Current water storage is estimated to range between 37,000  to 55,000 km3 by various workers, a natural recharge of […]

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Melting Ice On The Roof Of The World

Via AFP, continued bad news from the roof of the world, namely the glaciers in the Himalayas that sweep through Pakistan, India, China, Nepal and Bhutan, and which provide headwaters for Asia’s nine largest rivers, lifelines for the 1.3 billion people who live downstream.  As the article notes: “…Scientists predict that most glaciers will be […]

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Water A Pawn In Central Asian Energy Dispute

Courtesy of EurasiaNet, an interesting report on Uzbekistan’s decision to leave the Central Asia energy grid – which cuts off Tajikistan from importing and exporting electricity – has some Tajik officials suggesting that water supplies to Uzbekistan be restricted during the summer irrigation season. As background, the energy and irrigation infrastructure in Central Asia was […]

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Bolivia’s Real Recession Worries

Courtesy of BBC, an article exploring the impact of receding glaciers in Bolivia and the fears surrounding the future of water supplies in one of Latin America’s fastest-growing urban areas – Bolivia’s sprawling city of La Paz and its neighbour El Alto – and the possibility that it may become the world’s first capital to […]

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