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Archive for January, 2014

Iran Confronts Crisis Of Water Supply

Courtesy of the New York Times, a look at Iran’s water crisis in Lake Urmia, where only 5 percent of the water remains: After driving for 15 minutes over the bottom of what was once Iran’s largest lake, a local environmental official stepped out of his truck, pushed his hands deep into his pockets and […]

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Central Asia’s Troubled Waters: Resource Allocation Stokes Tensions

Courtesy of STRATFOR (subscription required), a detailed look at tensions arising from Central Asia’s water stress: An undated file photo shows abandoned ships sitting on the sand, where the Aral Sea retreated, near the Kazakh city of Aralsk. Summary The decline of the Aral Sea over the past 50 years is one of the most […]

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H2O to Go: Global Water Grabbing

Via Ozy, an interesting look at global water grabs: Imagine being told you couldn’t fish in a local stream or swim in your favorite watering hole because an international firm had purchased nearby land. That’s happening to people all over the world, and in some cases it’s a matter of life and death, giving a […]

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Conflict Over Water In Cross Border River Basins

Via The Water Challenges blog, some thoughts on conflict over water in cross border river basins: Countries of the Nile Basin In January 2005, I organised the first discussion on water at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Avishay Braverman, a leading Israeli politician, and then President of Ben Gurion University of the Negev, was […]

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Offshore Fresh Water Aquifers: Which Law Will Apply?

Via the International Water Law Project, a commentary on offshore fresh water aquifers: In recent years, increasingly urgent voices have been warning of a global water crisis, as the human species consistently uses more water than is sustainably available.  Pictures of parched lands, disappearing lakes and streams, and single-faucet villages have become commonplace as thirsty […]

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The Parched Tiger: Increasing Signs Of Crisis In India’s Water Sector in 2013

Via the South Asia Network on Dams, Rivers, and People, a summary look at water issues facing India at the end of 2013: Year-end provides a wonderful opportunity for us to take stock of siatuations. If we look at India’s water sector, the above-average rainfall in 2013 monsoon would mean good agricultural production. But the […]

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