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Archive for March, 2013

The Thirsty Dragon: China’s Massive Water Problem (2)

Courtesy China Digital Times, a look at China’s water problem: This week saw the release of China’s first national water report, covering “river conditions, water conservancy projects, water consumption, river development and management, and water and soil conservation in 2011″. While hailing the country’s “remarkable” (and internationally recognized) achievements in water conservancy, deputy water resources […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: China’s Massive Water Problem

Via the New York Times, an op-ed on China’s water crisis: This month, a hundred years after the completion of the Panama Canal, China is expected to finish the first phase of its gigantic South-North Water Transfer Project, known in Chinese as Nanshui beidiao gongcheng — literally, “to divert southern water north.” The phrase evokes […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: China’s Utilities In Hot Water As Coal Plants Squeeze Water Supplies

Courtesy of GigaOm, a report on China’s watergy crisis: There’s a looming water crisis coming for China’s water-hungry coal plants, according to a new report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Roughly sixty percent of China’s power plants (most of them running on coal) are located in Northern China, but only 20 percent of the country’s […]

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Central Asian Water Tensions: Solving Tajikistan’s Energy Crisis

Courtesy of the Carnegie Endowment, a detailed look at the Central Asian water crisis and the linchpin Tajik energy crisis: In early November 2012, the government of Tajikistan announced that its national budget for 2013 would include 1.2 billion Tajik somoni (over $251 million) for the construction of the controversial Rogun Dam on the Vakhsh […]

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Burma – Emerging from International Isolation – Pursues Major Hydroelectric Plans

Via Oil Price.com, a look at Myanmar’s hydroelectric plans and the regional impact of such: What a difference two years makes. Since Burma’s junta in March 2011 allowed a nominally civilian government led by President Thein Sein, who had previously served as a general and then prime minister under the junta, Western governments and energy […]

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Tibetan Dams

Courtesy of Tibetan Plateau, a updated map and list of hydropower projects (HPP) in the watersheds of the Drichu, Zachu and Gyalmo Ngulchu rivers: China’s government is planning and preparing for the construction of a cascade of hydropower projects along each of the three rivers: the Salween, the Mekong and the Yangtze. Many of these […]

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