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Archive for June, 2010

Turkish Plans To Sell Israel Water Dry Up

Via Terra Daily, a report that Turkey has rescinded plans to sell water to Israel.  At the article notes: “…The Islamist government in Ankara has shelved plans to sell the Jewish state 1.75 billion cubic feet of water a year for 20 years from the Mavganat River in Anatolia, part of its wider strategy of […]

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Pakistan’s “Raging” Water Crisis

Courtesy of the Toronto Globe and Mail newspaper, an interesting report on Pakistan’s water crisis.  As the article notes: “…Pakistan is facing a “raging“ water crisis that if managed poorly could mean Pakistan would run out of water in several decades, experts say, leading to mass starvation and possibly war. The reliance on a single […]

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India And Pakistan To Arbitrate Water Feud

Courtesy of The Financial Times, a report that India and Pakistan are establishing an arbitration panel to address an intensifying dispute over rival hydro-electric projects, highlighting the growing importance of water in the tensions between the dry but nuclear-armed neighbours.  As the article notes: “…Tensions have been rising as both countries face deepening water crises, […]

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Tajikistan’s Pledge on Central Asian Water

Via Chance of Rain, an interesting sound bite from Tajikistan’s President when discussing Central Asian water issues: “The peoples of regional countries should be sure that Tajikistan will never let Central Asia suffer from shortage of water … Tajikistan proposes building water pipes from Lake Sarez … The lake’s reserve of water, which is the purest […]

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Geopolitics of the Aral Sea

Courtesy of STRATFOR (subscription required), an interesting video analysis of the geopolitics of a drying Aral Sea.

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The Thirsty Dragon: China’s ‘Long Haul” To Slake the North’s Thirst

Courtesy of IEEE’s Spectrum magazine, a detailed look at China’s ambitious plans to address its water scarcity issues: “…In 1952, Mao Zedong visited the great rushing rivers of China’s south and suggested that the thirsty north “borrow” some. Thus was born the South-to-North Water Diversion Project. Nearly 60 years later, construction is under way on […]

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