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Archive for May, 2012

The Future of Africa’s Water Security

Via The International Water Law Project, a look at Africa’s water security: This map, published with the original MacDonald, et.al., study, depicts potential ground water resources on the African continent. Areas in blue represent the most water-abundant areas. Not long ago, the BBC reported (here) on vast reservoirs of ground water resources underlying the African […]

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Lake Chad Shrinks, Conflict Grows

Via The Council on Foreign Relations, a look at increasing tension related to Lake Chad’s shrinking supply of water:   Chadian men collect water with plastic canisters loaded on a hand cart in Lake Chad, on the island of Kouirom, January 27, 2007. (Stringer/Courtesy Reuters) Earlier this week, the New York Times detailed the impact […]

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The Parched Tiger: Water Use In India

Via The Economic Times, a report on water use in India: Reforms in water policy and pricing, sustainability in industrial water use, improvement in performance of utilities and mobilization of the private sector have the potential to address water-related challenges, a detailed report on use of water by Ernst & Young has indicated. The report […]

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Mapping The Global Water Trade; Anticipating Foreign Water Dependence

Via the Washington Post and the Scientific American, some interesting comments and charts on the topic of water use and the trading of virtual water: The current issue of Scientific American has a bunch of great charts on which countries use the most fresh water. Not surprisingly, most of the world’s water goes toward agriculture […]

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The Parched Tiger: India’s Dam Plans Anger Pakistan, Symbolize Global Water Woes

Via the South Asian News Agency, a look at South Asia’s water worries: ITS three great basins – the Indus, the Ganges and the Brahmaputra – are the most densely populated area in the world. The Ganges alone supports half a billion people. Seventy per cent of South Asia’s 1.5 billion people live in farming […]

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In An Age Of Scarcity, Can Water Bring Jobs To “Wet” Regions?

Courtesy of Pacific Standard, an interesting look at the potential of a coming jobs exodus from China, and back to the Rust Belt and other water rich regions: Have you gotten the memo yet? You can stop worrying about peak oil: the United States is sitting on centuries of natural gas and Canada is full […]

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