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Archive for August, 2014

Nile Basin Tension Mounts As Waters Decline

Via AllAfrica, a report on rising tensions in Africa over limited water supplies: Today, nearly a billion people in the developing world don’t have access to clean, safe drinking water. In sub-Saharan Africa, people’s true potential is restricted by time lost trying to gather water and energy spent suffering from water-borne diseases. Education is lost […]

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Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam: Tripartite Talks Resume

Via Future Directions International, an update on the recently restarted discussions over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam: Talks about the GERD froze in January this year, after Sudan publicly expressed support for the construction of the dam. Egypt and Ethiopia agreed to meet again in Khartoum on 25 August, to discuss issues and concerns about […]

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Mideast Water Wars: In Iraq, A Battle For Control Of Water

Courtesy of Yale’s Environment360, a look at how conflicts over water have long haunted the Middle East but, in the current fighting in Iraq, the major dams on the Tigris and Euphrates rivers are seen not just as strategic targets but as powerful weapons of war: There is a water war going on in the […]

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Pakistan’s Largest City Thirsts For Water

Via Philly.com, a report on Pakistan’s water crisis: In this Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014 photo, Pakistanis block a road with rocks during a protest against water and electricity shortages, in Karachi, Pakistan. On the outskirts of the slums of Pakistan’s biggest city, protesters burning tires and throwing stones have what sounds like a simple demand: […]

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Iran: Dried Out

Courtesy of the Financial Times, a report on Iran, where poor planning, populist policies and drought have contributed to a critical water shortage: Let the river run through it: the dried out Zayandeh Roud at Isfahan Farmers who worked the fertile lands around Isfahan have had to find a new way to make a living […]

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In Middle East, It Could Soon Be A Battle For Water

Via Down To Earth, an interesting article on how, along with scarcity induced by population pressure, use of water as a weapon of war is also draining resources in the Middle East: Raining rockets and bombs or threat of Islamic State (IS) jihadists are not the only emergencies in the countries of West Asia. The […]

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