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Archive for December, 2011

California: A Run on the Water Bank?

Via California Lawyer, an interesting article on one determined investigator’s efforts to pursues a Los Angeles billionaire for allegedly seizing control of the state’s water supply.  As the report notes: Illustration by Jake Flaherty Who is Adam Keats, and why is he so focused on Los Angeles billionaire Stewart Resnick? Attorneys representing Resnick’s vast agricultural […]

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Dammed If You Do; Damned If You Don’t: A Dam For The Mekong – Inevitable, or in Limbo?

Via The New York Times, an updated look at the environment ministers from Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Laos recent decision to await the results of further studies before making a decision on whether to proceed with construction of a dam in the Mekong River. As the article notes: As The Times reported last week, environment […]

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Kashmir’s Abandoned Glaciers

Via ChinaDialogue, a report on the impact that a recent decision to shelve a project that monitored melting Himalayan ice will have upon our ability to understand changes in Asia’s water sources.  As the article notes: Funding cuts have brought a halt to one of the few on-the-ground projects monitoring receding ice in the western […]

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Water: Strategic Foresight And A Warning Issue For National Security

Via The Water Chronicles, a report on the water as a strategic warning issue for national security: The emergence of a global water crisis seems to be a fact that is reaffirmed across media almost everyday. The National Geographic, for example, has a whole section devoted to the water crisis or more precisely freshwater crisis, […]

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The Age of Thirst In The American West

Via Grist, an interesting summary of a recent book looking at the issue of water shortages in the southwestern U.S.  As the article notes: Consider it a taste of the future: the fire, smoke, drought, dust, and heat that have made life unpleasant, if not dangerous, from Louisiana to Los Angeles. New records tell the […]

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Meeting On The Mekong’s Fate

Courtesy of The New York Times, a report on an upcoming meeting to discuss a controversial dam on the main stream of the Mekong river in Laos.  As the article notes: The Laotians call it Mae Nam Khong, the Mother of Water. The Vietnamese refer to it as Song Cuu Long, or the Nine Dragons […]

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