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Archive for January, 2013

Myitsone Dam Project Expected To Resume In 2015

Via Mizzima, a report on the controversial hydroelectric project in Myanmar’s Kachin State: While construction work at the Myitsone Dam has been completely suspended, Chinese contractor CPI expressed hope that it will resume again after Thein Sein’s tenure as Burma’s President expires in 2015.   A camp for Chinese workers at the Myitsone Dam site, […]

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The Thirsty Dragon Vs. Parched Tiger: China And India Quarrel Over A Dam Project

Via STRATFOR (subscription required), a detailed analysis of tensions between China and India over the 2,900-kilometer (1,800-mile) international Yarlung Tsangpo River (Brahmaputra in India) which have been rekindled by Beijing’s plans for dam construction: Originating from the Angsi Glacier on the Chinese side of the Himalayas, the Yarlung River serves as a critical water source and transportation […]

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Where The World Is Running Out Of Water

Courtesy of The Washington Post, an interesting graphic on where the world is running out of water: Many of the world’s most important food-producing regions depend on freshwater from massive underground aquifers that have built up over thousands of years. The Ogallala Aquifer in the midwestern United States. The Upper Ganges, sustaining India and Pakistan. […]

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In Laos, A Contested Dam Project Moves Ahead

Via STRATFOR (subscription required), further analysis of the disputed $3.5 billion Xayaburi dam project in Laos’ northern province: The Thai company hired to build a massive hydroelectric dam for Laos on the Mekong River announced Jan. 23 that it was pushing ahead on construction of the project, which has drawn severe criticism from Laos’ neighbors […]

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UNESCO: No Evidence Of Coming Water Wars

Via UNESCO, a study on international water basins: Strikingly, the territory of 148 nations falls within international basins and more than 30 countries are located almost entirely within these basins. In all, there are 276 international basins. These cover around 45% of the Earth’s land surface, host about 40% of the world’s population and account […]

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International Cooperation Over Water Outweighs Conflict

Via UNESCO, a report that international cooperation over water far outweighs conflict: Researchers at Oregon State University have compiled a dataset of every reported interaction, be it conflictive or cooperative, between two or more nations where water was the driver of the interaction. Their analysis highlighted four key findings. First, despite the potential for dispute […]

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