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Archive for July, 2014

The Thirsty Dragon: China To Roll Out Seven Pilot Markets For Trading Water Rights

Via Reuters, a report on China’s plan to roll out seven pilot water trading schemes: China has picked seven provinces to host pilot markets for trade in water rights, as the government battles a spreading water crisis that threatens to curtail economic growth and hurt food production. The move is the latest sign that China […]

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The Parched Tiger: India Helps Nepal Develop Hydropower

Via Reuters, a report on India’s plan to offer Nepal help in hydropower development: India is set to offer Nepal a landmark pact to help develop its huge hydro-electric power potential as the South Asian giant takes another step to re-assert influence among smaller neighbours where China has been forging closer ties. Prime Minister Narendra […]

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Damming The Mekong River: Economic Boon Or Environmental Mistake?

Via NPR, a report on Laos’ plans to dam the Mekong river: The Mekong is Southeast Asia’s most storied river. Its rich biodiversity though has been under threat for decades from things like overfishing and overpopulation. Environmentalists are now adding dams to that list. Towards the headwaters of the Mekong is Laos, one of the […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: How China Is Destroying Its Own Water Supply

Via Foreign Affairs, a look at China’s water crisis: A man leads camels at the edge of the Taklamakan Desert in China’s Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region.  On the grasslands of the Tibetan plateau, one sometimes hears a strange chattering — an excited buzz that seems to emanate from the earth itself. Anyone who stops to […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: China’s Hidden Water Footprint

Via Science Daily, an interesting graphic that shows the flows of “virtual scarce water” from the Xinjiang province to other provinces in China: Many developed regions in China are not only drawing from their own water resources but also contributing to water depletion in other water-scarce regions of the country through imports of food and […]

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Troubled Waters: The Mekong River Crisis

Courtesy of the Financial Times, a look at the changes that China has silently been wreaking havoc on the mighty Mekong River in recent months: Den Kroolong got the jolting news in a 6am phone call at his home in northern Thailand one day in December last year. His boat had disappeared. Being an experienced […]

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