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Archive for December, 2014

Indonesia: Disjointed Islands Make Water Scarcity A Problem

Courtesy of STRATFOR (subscription required), interesting analysis of Indonesia’s water scarcity challenges: Indonesia is in a transitional period as new President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo attempts to improve governance, fight corruption and centralize government regulations. Like his predecessors, however, Jokowi will struggle with the geographic constraints inherent to Indonesia. While Jakarta is poised to benefit from […]

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Thirsty Agriculture: Water Source For California Almonds May Run Dry

Courtesy of the New York Times, an interesting article on the water-food nexus in the United States: California’s almond orchards have been thriving over the past decade and now provide an $11 billion annual boost to the state economy. Covering 860,000 acres, they account for 80 percent of world production. But the growth coincides with […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: Doubts As Giant Project’s Water Reaches Capital

Via Terra Daily, a report on China’s South-North Water Diversion project: A towering dam in central China holds back a vast expanse of water destined to travel over 1,000 kilometres north to Beijing, but critics say it will only temporarily quench the city’s thirst. China’s capital on Saturday received its first flows from the South-North […]

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South Africa’s Water Needs

Courtesy of STRATFOR (subscription required), an interesting analysis of South Africa’s water needs & constraints: Over the coming decades, South Africa will face constraints associated with water availability that will have a broad impact on its economy and could temper economic growth. The water-intensive coal power production and mining sectors in particular will be impacted […]

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Iraqi Diyala Residents Face ISIS ‘Water War’

Via Al Arabiya, a sobering report on ISIS’ latest effort to utilize water as a weapon of war: An Iraqi official warned on Saturday of a “humanitarian disaster” after Islamist militants diverted Al-Roz River away from Bildoz district in the eastern province of Diyala, affecting thousands of people in what he described as a “water […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: Opening The Tap – China’s Water Diversion Starts To Flow

Via the Financial Times, an update on China’s South-North Diversion Project: ©EPAFishermen in front of the Danjiangkou dam China officially inaugurated one of the world’s largest and most controversial engineering projects on Friday as water from the Yangtze River valley finally arrived in the parched capital, Beijing. The $60bn South-North Water Diversion project will eventually […]

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