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Archive for March, 2010

The Big Melt

Courtesy of National Geographic, a detailed look at the “Big Melt” in the Himalayas and the real challenge of preventing water conflicts from spilling across borders, whether that be related to the growing sense of alarm in Central Asia over the prospect that poor but glacier-heavy nations (Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan) may one day restrict the flow […]

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Reduced Mekong Flow = Increased Regional Concerns

Via The Asia Foundation, a report examining the impact that the Mekong River – the longest in Southeast Asia and at its lowest reported water level in 20 years – is having upon Laos.  As the article notes: “…The river runs through six countries – China, Burma, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam – but the […]

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Better Dead Than Red? Hydro Cooperation In The Middle East

Via The Global Post, a report on how an impending water crisis is forcing Israel, Jordan, and the Palestinian Authority to work together.  As the article notes: “…Nothing accelerates the peace process between old foes like the threat of a common enemy. In the case of Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority that enemy is […]

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Water Wars, War of the Well, and Guerilla Well-fare

Via WaterWired, a pointer to what appears to be an interesting article entitled Water wars, War of the Well, and Guerilla Well-fare.  Here are the Introduction and Conclusions: “…Introduction To get a feel for how sensationalist the term “Water wars” is in the media, consider that a search on Google leads to nearly 31 million […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: Drought, Dams, and Border Tensions

Via Science (subscription required), a report that – as drought grips the Lancang-Mekong basin in Asia – tensions are growing over Chinese dams.  As the article notes: “…The drought’s effects have spilled across China’s borders, stoking tensions with neighbors and prompting scientific debate. Rice yields in Thailand are expected to take a big hit, and […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: A Scramble For Water Amongst North & South and Farmers & Factories

Courtesy of The Washington Post, an updated look at the status of China’s massive North-South water diversion scheme.  As the article notes, the project is hampered by acrimony between competing industrial interests (i.e. industry vs. agricultural), as well as, concerns over costs and ecological impacts, leading to a scramble for water that is pitting downstream […]

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