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Archive for October, 2012

Water Security Conflicts: A Regional Perspective

Via the Small Wars Journal, an interesting report on likely water security conflict areas in the years ahead: On the 1st of April 2014, the world was caught off guard when the Syrian Air Force attacked the power plant facilities at Karkamis Dam in the upstream of the Euphrates River 4.5 kilometers north of the […]

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Laos: The New “Battery of Asia”?

Via The Diplomat, a look at Laos’ intentions to build more than 70 dams along tributaries of the Mekong River: International concerns about Lao’s plans to massively dam the Mekong River and its tributaries have again been brushed aside by the authorities in Vientiane who have announced new contracts worth about $1.0 billion to build […]

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Bangladesh Meets With Bhutan And India Over Brahmaputra

Via The Economic Times, a report that Bangladesh will convene a meeting with Bhutan, India over Brahmaputra basin management: Bangladesh is convening a high level tri-partite meeting with India and Bhutan aimed at jointly utilizing the water resources of the Brahmaputra river especially for power generation, Bangladesh High Commissioner to India, Tariq Karim, said today. […]

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Futures Market: Wall Street’s Thirst For Water

All around the world, from the Himalayas to the Great Plains, fresh water is starting to run low. It’s shaping up to be one of the 21st century’s great environmental and humanitarian challenges: People use water faster than nature can replenish it.  Some people argue that privatization is the answer to the water crisis. But […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: Questions Over China’s Mekong Dams

Via the Phonm Penh Post, an article on the impact of hydro dams on the upper Mekong River in China: A fisherman repairs his boat in a community situated along the banks of the Mekong River in Kratie province. Some questions remain about whether hydro dams on the upper Mekong River in China exacerbated conditions […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: Food Supply, Fracking, And Water Scarcity Challenge China’s Juggernaut Economy

Courtesy of Circle of Blue, a look at China’s water related challenges ahead: An expensive program to expand irrigation networks is occurring in Inner Mongolia, Jilin, and Liaoning provinces, which has prompted concern because it would push new irrigation canals into highly erodible grassland regions. These provinces have some of the worst desertification in the […]

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