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Archive for April, 2013

USA: Thirsty States Take Water Battle To Supreme Court

Via NPR, a report on a water debate between Texas and Oklahoma: A dispute over Texas’ access to the Kiamichi River, which is located in Oklahoma, has started a longer legal battle that is headed to the Supreme Court. On Tuesday, Oklahoma and Texas will face off in the U.S. Supreme Court. The winner gets […]

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The Looming Threat Of Water Scarcity

Via Vital Signs, a sobering look at the world’s water challenges ahead: Some 1.2 billion people—almost one fifth of the world—live in areas of physical water scarcity, while another 1.6 billion face what can be called economic water shortage.1 The situation is only expected to worsen as population growth, climate change, investment and management shortfalls, and […]

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United States: Getting Serious About A Texas-Size Drought

Courtesy of The New York Times, an interesting OpEd on the drought affecting the United States: AUSTIN, Tex. SOMETHING odd happened here last week. It rained. But the relief, an answer to desperate prayers, is likely to be short-lived. The drought that has gripped much of Texas since the fall of 2010 shows few signs […]

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Eritrea Supports Egypt’s Position In Nile Water Dispute

Via the Sudan Tribune, a report on Eritrea’s support of Egypt in the region’s ongoing dispute over the Nile: The Eritrean government said this week that it supports Egypt’s stance over a colonial-era treaty that granted Egypt a right to utilise the lions share of Nile river’s water resources. The Red Sea nation expressed its […]

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Kyrgyrstan: Kambar Ata Will Not Impact Kazakhstan Or Uzbekistan

Via Hydroworld, a brief article on Kyrgyrstan’s contentious Kambar Ata dams: Launch of both Kambar-Ata hydropower plants will allow to additionally produce up to 6.3 billion kWh of power annually. This will meet the country’s highest power needs in winter time and will allow export of excess power throughout vegetation period, power engineer Alexey Zyrianov […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: Concerns Arise Over China’s Dam Building Drive In Tibet

Via Radio Free Asia, an interesting report on China’s dam building activities in Tibet: Map showing the Yarlung Tsangpo river, going from west to east in Tibet and then turning south into India and Bangladesh as the Brahmaputra. China’s construction of a series of dams on the Tibetan Plateau has raised concerns both among neighboring […]

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