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Archive for October, 2013

Tehran Faces Water Rationing Unless Usage Drops

Via Bloomberg, a report on Iran’s water crisis: Iran may be forced to impose water rationing in Tehran should the capital’s residents fail to cut consumption by about 20 percent, Iranian Energy Minister Hamid Chitchian said. Water rationing is under consideration in part as levels of reservoirs outside Tehran have fallen due to a sharp […]

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The Thirsty Dragon And Parched Tiger: Scepticism Flows Over Recent River Agreement

Courtesy of The Third Pole.net, commentary on why a new agreement between China and India on transboundary rivers will not improve transparency and could open the floodgates for more dam building in the Himalayas: India and China’s much-publicised agreement last week claims to strengthen cooperation on shared rivers, supposedly allaying Indian fears over new dams. Under the […]

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The Parched Tiger: India’s Drive Towards Water Efficiency To Take On Diminishing Supplies

Via the Third Pole, a report on India’s drive towards water use efficiency as one key to tackling the country’s diminishing supplies: Water shortages are leading to crop failure and health concerns in India With 17% of the global population, India has only 4% of the world’s renewable water resources. From 1,816 cubic metres in […]

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The Thirsty Dragon And Parched Tiger: India, China Ink Key Accord On River Information

Via Peak Water, an update on Indian – Chinese water relations: “The Memorandum of Understanding on trans-border rivers was inked after talks between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in the Great Hall of the People here. According to sources, the agreement is a “major diplomatic achievement” as it is the first […]

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The Battery of South Asia? The Potential for India-Nepal Hydropower Cooperation

Via Future Directions International, a look at potential for hydropower cooperation in south Asia: Key Points Regional leaders have appealed to Nepal to strengthen hydropower cooperation with India, to address Nepal’s domestic economic and energy crises. The close proximity and economic strength of India have made it the best candidate to boost Nepal’s hydropower potential. […]

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Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan Mull New Probe Into Nile Dam Impact

Via Reuters, an update on Ethiopia’s Renaissance dam: Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt agreed to examine the regional impact of a $4.2 billion dam being built on a Nile river tributary in Ethiopia after experts said earlier studies were inconclusive. A meeting of water ministers and delegates in Sudan’s capital, Khartoum, on Nov. 4 will discuss […]

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