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Archive for May, 2014

The Thirsty Dragon And Parched Tiger: Glacial Melt And Future Water Security In The Tibetan Plateau Region:

Via Future Directions International, a detailed look at the impact that climate change may have upon glacial melt and water security in the Tibetan Plateau: Key Points Climate change will have severe impacts on the Asian monsoon and the Himalayan glaciers. Increased glacial melting in the Himalayas, accompanied by increasingly unpredictable rainfall patterns, will have […]

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Water Wars: Just Around The Corner?

Via The Guardian, commentary on the potential that growing pressure on water resources could worsen existing war and lead to new ones: Water wars could be a real prospect in coming years as states struggle with the effects of climate change, growing demand for water and declining resources, the secretary of state for energy and […]

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Political Implications Of Brazil’s Drought

Courtesy of STRATFOR (subscription required), a detailed analysis of the political implications of Brazil’s drought: A general view shows the Jaguari Dam, one of the main reservoirs supplying Sao Paulo, Brazil, with its water level to 12 percent of its total capacity on April 25. Summary The current drought in Brazil has already affected the […]

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Sao Paulo: Facing Severe Water Shortages

Courtesy of Circle of Blue, a detailed look at how Sao Paulo’s recent drought is forcing water managers to face new conditions of supply and demand in world’s ninth largest city: With a population of 20 million, the Sao Paulo metropolitan area is the largest city in Brazil and the ninth largest in the world. […]

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The Thirsty Dragon And Parched Tiger: River Wars In The Himalaya

Via Eurasia Review, a look at the tension between India and China over access to Himalayan rivers: Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid’s admission in February that the Indian government has asked its Ministry of Water Resources to clarify whether the Chinese dams on the Yarlung Tsangpo (called Brahmaputra in India) are run-of-the-river type or […]

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Is Ulaanbataar Running Out of Water?

Via The Diplomat, a look at Mongolia’s water scarcity problems which are expected to emerge in 2015, and intensify from 2020 onwards: Once known for its abundant and immaculate waters, the Tuul River flowing through Mongolia’s capital Ulaanbataar is rapidly shrinking. The Tuul has historically swung from high-flow cycles to low-flow cycles, but it had […]

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