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Archive for July, 2012

The Battle For Water: One Of Will Versus Water

Via Hydro-Logic, commentary on the AlertNet series and a conclusion that the key battle related to water that needs to be won is that of generating a will to action to address water issues: During the last week, the AlertNet news service of the Thompson-Reuters Foundation provided special coverage of global water issues under the […]

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Myanmar: In The Dark Over Hydropower

Courtesy of AlertNet, a look at Myanmar’s hydropower potential and politics: On a hot, humid evening in late May, hundreds of people holding candles gathered in the city of Mandalay to protest over power cuts, in the largest demonstration since Myanmar’s army crushed the monk-led “Saffron Revolution” nearly five years ago. The protests spread quickly to Yangon […]

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Water Maps Spark Concern About “Liquid Gold Rush”

Via AlertNet, an article on a global initiative to map water availability: As competition for clean water grows, some of the world’s biggest companies have joined forces to create unprecedented maps of the liquid gold that flows beneath our feet. The Aqueduct Alliance, which allows users to create maps by combining hydrological data with geographically […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: Melting Glaciers May Worsen Northwest China’s Water Woes

Via Yale’s environment360, a look at China’s Xinjiang region and the challenges facing the Tarim Rier basin & other mountainous regions – how to secure water supplies as demands increase and glaciers melt: During four of the last 10 summers, more than half of the 800-mile Tarim River in northwestern China ran dry. Landscape ecologist […]

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Thai Villagers To Fight Lao Mekong Dam In Court

Courtesy of AlertNet, a look at some Thai citizens’ efforts to oppose Laotian hydropower projects: The inhabitants of Ban Pak Ing Tai, a leafy village in Thailand’s far north nestled between the mighty Mekong River and one of its tributaries, know only too well what dams can do. This used to be a fishing village […]

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Egypt Water Shortage Protests Are Widespread and Violent

Via Ooska News, a report that Egyptian citizens have taken to the streets to protest severe shortages of drinking and irrigation water: On the day that Egypt President Mohammed Morsi appointed former Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Hisham Kandil as the country’s new Prime Minister, OOSKAnews can report that residents of seven Egyptian governorates […]

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