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Archive for February, 2014

Egypt Plans Dam-Busting Diplomatic Offensive Against Ethiopia

Via Terra Daily, a look at Egypt’s latest efforts to stop the construction of Ethiopia’s new Nile dam: Egypt may be in the throes of political turmoil, but the government has begun a diplomatic offensive aimed at stopping Ethiopia from building a huge hydroelectric dam on the Nile River that Cairo says will be a […]

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Cyprus Water Project: A Peace Pipeline Or A Turkish Trojan Horse?

Via FoxNews, a report on a new water pipeline that will soon link Turkey with Cyprus’ Turkish side and potentially eliminate chronic water shortages for generations: In this Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, Turkish Cypriot farmer Hasan Eligon stands next to a goat pen on his farm in the village of Kirni in the breakaway northern, […]

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Iran’s Water Crisis

Courtesy of Future Directions, a close look at Iran’s water crisis: Key Points Iran is facing a serious and protracted water crisis. Due to long-term government mismanagement and lack of planning, achieving water security in Iran will require significant policy reform and strong governance. Unmetered access and widespread dam development have altered Iran’s natural water […]

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Water Insecurity At Top Of Agenda As NENA Countries Meet

Via Future Directions, a look at  how water insecurity will feature prominently during the FAO Regional Conference for the Near East and North Africa (NENA): Background According to the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), per capita freshwater availability in the NENA region shrank by two-thirds over the past 40 years. The region, (Algeria, Bahrain, […]

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Israeli Water, Mideast Peace?

Courtesy of The New York Times, some commentary on the impact that water woes may have upon Middle East politics: Nuclear proliferation, religious militancy and income inequality are all major threats to Middle East stability. Sadly, a new one is brewing: water scarcity. The human causes are clear: rapid population growth, antiquated infrastructure, the over-pumping […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: South-North Water Transfer ‘Not Sustainable’

Via ChinaFile, an update on China’s South-North Water Transfer project which, one official said, would be rendered irrelevant if one-third of buildings in Beijing could collect more rainwater and recycle more wastewater: The bank of the Yangtze River in southwest China’s Chongqing municipality, dried up in a drought that in 2011 forced authorities to halt […]

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