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Archive for November, 2014

Value Diluted: Water As A Business Issue

Via The Economist, a brief commentary on how water is becoming a growing business problem: IN 2013 a Chilean court ruled that Barrick of Canada, the world’s largest gold-mining firm, could not go ahead with its Pascua Lama mine until it could guarantee not to pollute downstream water or damage nearby glaciers. The company eventually […]

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Amid Terror Attacks, Iraq Faces Water Crisis

Via National Geographic, a report on how the Islamic State’s assault on dams and water systems threatens Iraq’s supply, which was already squeezed by dams in Turkey and Iran: Peshmerga soldiers stand guard at the Mosul Dam in northern Iraq on August 21, 2014. The Kurdish militia and other Iraqi fighters recaptured the dam from […]

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Explaining São Paulo, Brazil’s Water Crisis

Via the World Resources Institute, several maps detailing São Paulo’s water crisis: The worst drought to grip São Paulo, Brazil and neighboring states in 80 years is wreaking havoc on the local population. As of late October, key reservoirs hold less than two weeks’ worth of drinking water. Schools and health centers are closing early, […]

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The Parched Tiger: India’s Water Security And The Mighty Rivers Of Tibet

Via the Foundation for Non Violent Alternatives, an article on India’s water security and the rivers of Tibet: The Tibetan Plateau is environmentally one of the most vulnerable places on earth. It is rich and varied with abundant plant and wildlife diversity, water resources, glaciers and grasslands all of which play a vital role in […]

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The Thirsty Dragon and Parched Tiger: Water Can Be A Medium Of Cooperation Between China And India

Courtesy of the Foundation for Non Violent Alternatives, an article examining how water can be an important aspect in the broad cooperation fields between China and India: On 30 June 2014 a significant event took place for both China and India at the Great Hall of People in Beijing, China. H.E. Mr. Ashok K. Kantha, […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: South-North Water Transfer Project

Courtesy of the Foundation for Non Violent Alternatives, an interview with Jianxin Mu – professor at Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research (IWHR), Ministry of Water Resources, China and Yang Yong – independent geologist and director of the Hengduan Mountain Research Institute on the South-North Water Transfer Project: Soon the second leg of the […]

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