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Archive for October, 2011

The Thirsty Dragon: Mixed Feelings About China’s New River

Via American Public Radio, a brief look at China’s 800 mile-long man-made waterway which will divert water from the Yangtze River in southern China to the northern megacities of Beijing and Tianjin: Kai Ryssdal: The interesting tidbit from the European debt crisis negotiations today goes a little something like this. It’s gotten so bad that […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: China Takes a Loss to Get Ahead in the Business of Fresh Water

Courtesy of The New York Times, an interesting article on China’s desalination initiatives: Towering over the Bohai Sea shoreline on this city’s outskirts, the Beijiang Power and Desalination Plant is a 26-billion-renminbi technical marvel: an ultrahigh-temperature, coal-fired generator with state-of-the-art pollution controls, mated to advanced Israeli equipment that uses its leftover heat to distill seawater […]

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Egypt Losing Its Mighty Nile Drop By Drop

Via Green Prophet, an article on the impact of Ethiopia and other African upstream countries’ plan countries plans to divert Nile River water could have upon Egypt: Leaking water pipes, evaporation and a rapidly growing population may be significant concerns for those trying to manage and plan water supplies in Egypt, but compounding such problems […]

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Water Use Rising Faster Than World Population

Courtesy of Reuters, a worrisome report that water use is rising faster than world population.  As the article notes: Like oil in the 20th century, water could well be the essential commodity on which the 21st century will turn. Human beings have depended on access to water since the earliest days of civilization, but with […]

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Construction Begins In Pakistan On The World’s Highest Dam

Via Oil Price.com, a report that Pakistan has begun construction on the world’s highest dam: Pakistani Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani has inaugurated construction of the country’s Diamer-Bhasha dam, the world’s highest, calling it the “lifeline” of Pakistan. The $12 billion facility is located in the mountains between Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Gilgit-Baltistan provinces on […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: Glaciers On China’s Qinghai-Tibet Plateau Melting Fast Due To Global Warming

Via Xinhua, a report that glaciers in southwest China’s Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau, the major source of the country’s largest rivers, are melting faster than ever under the influence of global warming.  As the article notes: “…Experts have been conducting research on the waters, geology, glaciers, and wetlands in the headwaters of the Yangtze, Yellow and Lancang […]

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