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Archive for July, 2010

The Tale of Two Rivers: Mekong and Columbia

Courtesy of WaterWired, an interesting comparison of how the Mekong River is managed across political boundaries to the Columbia River (which some consider as being ‘backwards’ from the Mekong in that the larger, more powerful country (hegemon) is the downstream riparian).  As the report notes: A few days ago we hosted visitors from the four […]

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India and Pakistan Water Tensions Getting Close To Boil

Via UAE’s The National, a report on the intensifying water tensions between India and Pakistan.  As the article notes: “…In 1960, Pakistan and India signed a treaty governing the rivers in Indian and Pakistani Punjab and how water was to be shared. India got the three eastern rivers, the Ravi, Sutlej and Beas; while Pakistan […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: Water Shortages Impact Economic Growth

Via Yale’s e360, a report on the challenges that China – with 20% of the world’s population but just 7% of its available freshwater – has as water shortages impact its economy and urbanization initiatives.  As the article notes: “…On a recent visit to the Gobi desert, which stretches across China’s western Gansu province, I […]

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Indus Water Treaty: Poised To Burst?

Courtesy of Toronto’s Globe & Mail, an interesting follow-on report on whether the venerable Indus Water Treaty is still adequate to deal with modern water disputes.  As the article notes: “…The last time water issues pushed India and Pakistan to the brink of armed conflict was half a century ago, when Bashir Ahmad Malik was […]

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Pakistan: Drinking Dust

Courtesy of The Globe and Mail, an interesting look at the challenges posed by the shrinking water resources in the Indus Basin and the emergence of a risky geopolitical environmental crisis.  As the article notes: “…The Indus looks nothing like the mighty river from history books. Alexander the Great once sailed galleys along these waters; […]

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Pakistani – Indian Water Tensions

Courtesy of The New York Times, a detailed report on the water tensions arising in a high Himalayan valley on the Indian-controlled side of Kashmir, as India and Pakistan argue over water.  As the article notes: “…This time it is not the ground underfoot, which has been disputed since the bloody partition of British India […]

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