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Archive for May, 2013

Ethiopia Diverts Water From the Nile River

Via STRATFOR (subscription required), a report on Ethiopia’s decision to begin diverting water from the Blue Nile River so that construction could continue on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, a 6, 000-megawatt hydroelectric plant: Ethiopia’s decision to divert the Blue Nile River followed a meeting between Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam […]

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Global Majority Faces Water Shortages ‘Within Two Generations’

Courtesy of The Guardian, an article on a recent experts’ call on governments to start conserving water in face of climate change, pollution and over-use: The majority of the 9 billion people on Earth will live with severe pressure on fresh water within the space of two generations as climate change, pollution and over-use of […]

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Triumverate Behind Bhutan’s Hydropower

Via The Financial Express, a report on a plan for 3 nations jointly move to build hydropower plants in Bhutan: Bangladesh, India and Bhutan will jointly construct cost-effective hydropower projects in Bhutan for mutual benefits, a top official said. Three neighbouring countries in South Asia have, for the first time, agreed to move jointly to […]

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Bosnia Herzegovina: A Land Of Blue Gold That Europe Is Eyeing

Via Green Go Post, a report on Bosnia’s water resources and challenges ahead:  Bosnia Herzegovina is one of the European countries with the richest water resources. Projects to build a series of hydroelectric power stations in Republika Srpska, however, are endangering a delicate environmental balance. “In 2004 the government of Republika Srpska awarded a contract […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: Water Scarcity And Social Equality In China

Via The Diplomat, an interesting look at China’s efforts to prevent a water crisis: Over the last couple months, China has had record-breaking problems with pollution.  This past January, Beijing’s air pollution (PM 2.5) readings reached 886µg/m3, far surpassing the Environmental Protection Agency and the World Health Organization’s standards for acceptable air quality. In fact, […]

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High & Dry: United States High Plains Endure Low Water

Courtesy of The New York Times, a detailed look at the challenges faced by the High Plains region in the United States: IPortions of the High Plains Aquifer are rapidly being depleted by farmers who are pumping too much water to irrigate their crops, particularly in the southern half in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. Levels […]

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