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Archive for March, 2014

IPCC Report Warns Of Increased Risks Associated With Water Insecurity

Via The Guardian, a look at the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that discusses risks associated with water insecurity, due for example to shrinking of glaciers that act as key water resources for various regions around the world, and through changing precipitation patterns: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has just published its latest […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: China Rivers At The Brink Of Collapse

Via the Huffington Post, a look at the state of China’s rivers: China’s rulers have traditionally derived their legitimacy from controlling water. The country ranks only sixth in terms of annual river runoff, but counts half the planet’s large dams within its borders. A new report warns that dam building has brought China’s river ecosystems […]

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Egypt Considers Referring Renaissance Dam File To The Hague

Via Al Monitor, a report on the bubbling tension between Egypt and Ethiopia over the Renaissance Dam: A general view shows construction activity on the Grand Renaissance Dam in Guba Woreda, Benishangul Gumuz region, March 16, 2014.  The Specialized National Councils in Egypt filed an important report to the presidency, including a study about referring […]

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Unplugging The ‘Battery’ Of SE Asia: Don Sahong Dam Threatens Food Security In Laos, Vietnam And Cambodia

Via Future Directions International, a look at how construction of the Don Sahong Dam along the Lower Mekong River may exacerbate existing malnutrition in the region and jeopardise the livelihoods of villagers and commercial fishermen: The government of Laos aims to become the “battery” of South East Asia, by exporting electricity to its neighbours and […]

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The Parched Tiger: UN Report Predicts Grim Scenario For India

Via the Times of India, an article on a recent UN report looking at water stress around the world: As the world is already staring at impending water crisis due to climate change, population increase and pollution, a UN report has predicted that as many as 3.4 billion people will be living in “water-scarce” countries […]

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The Thirsty Dragon and Parched Tiger: Battle On The Brahmaputra

Via BBC News, an interesting look at China and India’s race to capture the energy potential of the vast Brahmaputra river: On the banks of the Brahmaputra it is hard to get a sense of where the river starts and ends. It begins far away as a Tibetan mountain stream. On the floodplains of Assam, though, […]

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