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Archive for August, 2012

Oil and Water Don’t Mix in Lake Malawi Border Dispute

Courtesy of Circle of Blue, a brief commentary on the Lake Malawi border dispute where, in the search for oil & natural gas, Africa’s third largest lake has become a political battlefield: Lake Malawi, also known as Lake Nyasa, is one of the African Great Lakes that lies in the Eastern Rift Valley. It is […]

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Laos Never Ordered Work On Xayaburi Dam To Stop: Official

Via Mizzima, a report that Laos never formally requested the construction of the controversial Xayaburi dam to stop: The Thai developer of the US$ 3.5 billion Xayaburi hydropower dam in Laos says the Laotian government never sent a formal letter asking it to stop construction of the dam, which has prompted  serious concerns from Cambodia […]

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Water: Connecting Israel to Africa

Via Green Prophet, an article on increasing cooperation between Israel and Africa over water: Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister, Danny Ayalon, landed on Monday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He continued on to Uganda and Kenya, where he will inaugurate two Israeli-cooperation projects in agriculture and health. According to Israel’s ambassador to Uganda, Gil Haskel, Israel is […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: China’s Thirst For Coal Could Soon Land It In A Water Shortage

Via Business Insider, a look at a new Greenpeace report on the risk that 16 large-scale coal bases that China has planned could trigger severe water crises in the country’s arid northwest: As China continues to grow, so too do its energy demands. A report by Greenpeace released this month titled “Thirsty Coal: A Water […]

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Prepare For Water Shocks

Via IRIN News, a report discussing the likelihood of water “shocks”: Is the world ready to face water shocks? For water shocks are certainly coming; water shocks, in fact, are already here. A meeting of ecologists, policymakers and water professionals gathered recently at London’s Chatham House to contemplate the prospect. Asia, they heard, was the […]

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Where Farms Are Sucking The Planet Dry: The World Is Over-Using Underground Water Agriculture

Two articles examining a recent study that shows the impact that agriculture is having upon the world’s water resources.  The first, via NPR, comments: Check out some of the world’s most important – and threatened – aquifers. This map is disturbing, once you understand it. It’s a new attempt to visualize an old problem — […]

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