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Archive for January, 2012

The Thirsty Dragon: China’s Game-Changing Water Policies

Via The Council on Foreign Relations, a look at China’s water policies: Water is an issue that preoccupies Chinese officials throughout the country, but nowhere perhaps as much as in Beijing. The already water-scarce capital has been suffering a continuous and precipitous decline in water availability over the past decades, as both population size and […]

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Iraq Water Crisis Could Stir Ethnic Clash

Via Terra Daily, a report on Iraq’s increasing water stress: Iraq is facing worsening water shortages caused by the failure of successive postwar governments to ensure supplies and extensive dam-building in neighboring states that could trigger sectarian conflict. “One prediction, which has yet to come true, has been made repeatedly by former U.N. Secretary-General Boutros […]

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Pakistan’s Water Troubles (Part 2)

Again, via Celsias, another look at Pakistan’s water crisis: “…No doubt Pakistan’s water crisis is predominantly a manmade problem. Pakistan’s climate is not particularly dry and nor is it lacking in rivers and groundwater. Extremely poor management, unclear laws, government corruption, and industrial and human waste have caused this water supply crunch and rendered what […]

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Pakistan’s Water Troubles

Via Celsias, a look at Pakistan’s water troubles: Asia is the world’s largest and most populous continent with a population in 2011 of  3,879,000,000 (3.8 billion). It covers 8.6% of the Earth’s total surface area (or 29.9% of its land area) and with approximately 4 billion people, it hosts 60% of the world’s current human […]

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The Thirsty Dragon and The Parched Tiger: How Not To Discuss Water With China

Courtesy of China Dialogue, an interesting article stating that water diplomats should discuss the Brahmaputra river’s environmental value instead of debating the quantum flow of the Brahmaputra to better foster regional cooperation.  As the report notes: China has never been daunted by big engineering. The Great Wall, the Grand Canal and recently the Three Gorges […]

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The Parched Tiger: India’s Dam Indus-trialization Program

Via Pakistan’s The News, a report that India has prepared a master plan to construct nine more large dams in Laddakh region in occupied Kashmir in addition to Nimoo-Bazgo and Chuttak hydropower projects on the Indus River. These 9 dams will generate 1055 MW of electricity.   As the article notes: “…India is already set to […]

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