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Archive for April, 2014

U.S. Southwest: High And Dry

Via RAND Corporation, a detailed look at implications of climate change on water supplies & management in the United States’ southwest: Droughts across the western United States have left water managers worried like never before. The Colorado River and its reservoirs, upon which seven states rely, are being depleted by 14 years of drought nearly […]

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Brazil’s Cup Runneth Under…

Courtesy of The Economist, a look at how dry weather and a growing population are spelling rationing for Brazil: BRAZIL has the world’s biggest reserves of fresh water. That most of it sits in the sparsely populated Amazon has not historically stopped Brazilians in the drier, more populous south taking it for granted. No longer. […]

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Ukraine Has Cut Back Water Supply To Crimea

Via Terra Daily, a report on Ukraine’s reduction of water supplies to Crimea: Ukraine has reduced its water supplies to the Crimea peninsula, which was annexed by Russia last month, the region’s governor Sergei Aksyonov said Saturday. “Ukraine’s sabotage limiting the water supply to the republic through the North Crimea canal can only be qualified […]

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Pakistan’s Water Woes

Via the Eurasia Review, an article on Pakistan’s water crisis: A month ago, one of the water experts in Pakistan warned that the “most dreaded water scarcity ever” has at last hit the country. The warning came not too soon and the surprise if any is that the warning has come too late. Unlike India, […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: Hydropower Overload In China

Via Living On Earth, the transcript of a discussion between Jennifer Turner, director of the China Environment Forum at the Washington DC’s Wilson Center, and Living on Earth’s host Steve Curwood regarding China plans to ramp up dam installation in Yunnan Province, which raises the risks for this biodiversity hotspot in Southwest China: CURWOOD: China […]

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Water Wars? Think Again: Conflict Over Freshwater Structural Rather Than Strategic

Via New Security Beat, some interesting commentary on the potential for water wars: The global water wars are almost upon us! At least that’s how it seems to many. The signs are troubling: Egypt and Ethiopia have recently increased their aggressive posture and rhetoric over the construction of the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam in the […]

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