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Archive for December, 2012

Drought Revives Old Water Wars Among U.S. States

Two articles on the issue of America’s drought.  The first, via The Washington Post, looks at how drought stricken states in the US are arguing over the increasingly scarce water of the Missouri River: The water wars are raging again in America’s heartland, where drought-stricken states are pleading for the increasingly scarce water of the […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: China’s Unsustainable Water Demand And Its Desertification Crisis

Via The Green Copywriter, a look at China’s water crisis: Recent comments by Chinese officials detailing progress in the ongoing battle against desertification (encroaching deserts) has highlighted the role excessive and unsustainable water demand plays in exacerbating the ecological crisis. In comments made at a media conference in China earlier this month, officials estimated it […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: China’s Water Reserves And World’s Warming Atmosphere Wait For Natural Gas Breakthrough

Courtesy of The Circle of Blue, an interesting analysis of the impact of China’s plans to develop its shale gas reserves: Liu Zhongqi’s mud-and-brick home sits in a cluster of hillside houses in the village of Lao Chang, a serene half-circle of settlement on the west side of this misty Sichuan Province valley. A few […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: Will China Run Out Of Water By 2030?

Via the China Daily Hong Kong, a report that China is running out of water, which could soon curb its growth unless immediate countermeasures are taken: China’s ambitions are high. By 2020, it aims to double its 2010 GDP and per capita income of urban and rural residents both. China’s economic track record has been […]

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Global Water Crisis: Too Little, Too Much, Too Few Plans

Via The Christian Science Monitor, an article on the global water crisis: For most of history, thirsty humans made do with what moisture fell from above: The sun warmed the salty seas, pure water evaporated into the air and then cooled and fell to the earth as precipitation. There it clung to glaciers, froze and […]

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What Iran And Pakistan Want From Afghans: Water

Courtesy of Time Magazine, a look at the bubbling water tensions in Central Asia: The Kunar River snakes around the U.S. Forward Operating Base Bostick on Sept. 1, 2011 as seen from Observation Post Mustang in Kunar Province, Afghanistan. With a vast, empty desert as a backdrop, the militants recorded the execution of Khan Wali […]

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