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Archive for February, 2015

The Parched Tiger: 3 Maps Explain India’s Growing Water Risks

Via the World Resources Institute, an interesting look at India’s water stress: India is one of the most water-challenged countries in the world, from its deepest aquifers to its largest rivers. Groundwater levels are falling as India’s farmers, city residents and industries drain wells and aquifers. What water is available is often severely polluted. And […]

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Yemen: Food, Water And The ‘Slow Motion Coup’

Courtesy of Future Directions International, a look at the intrinsic link between Yemen’s food and water insecurity and its political and social instability:  Key Points Yemen is the most food insecure country in the Middle East and has the eighth-worst hunger rate globally. Currently, over 10 million Yemenis, or 42.5 per cent of the population, are […]

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Global Water Solution Critical To Preempt Looming Conflicts

Via Terra Daily, details on a new UN report warns that without large new water-related investments many societies worldwide will soon confront rising desperation and conflicts over life’s most essential resource: Presenting their report at UN Headquarters, New York, officials of UN University and the UN Office for Sustainable Development said unmet water goals threaten many […]

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Iran’s Dying Wetlands

Via the Financial Times, a detailed look at Iran’s dying wetlands: The fertile Hamoun wetlands on Iran’s border with Afghanistan have a long history. They supported a sophisticated culture in ancient times where, according to legend, Zoroastrianism originated. The verdant landscape was the setting for the epic Persian poem, the Shahnameh. But it has taken […]

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Planned Mongolian Hydroelectric Plants Threaten Lake Baikal

Via the Siberian Times, a report on the potential threat to Lake Baikal posed by Mongolian hydro plants: Levels at Baikal are about 40cm lower than in 2013. Lake Baikal is facing another environmental threat, this time from across the border with plans in Mongolia for a series of new hydroelectric power plants. Campaigners including […]

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Taps Start To Run Dry In Brazil’s Largest City

Courtesy of The New York Times, a report on São Paulo sater crisis which is linked to growth, pollution, and deforestation: Endowed with the Amazon and other mighty rivers, an array of huge dams and one-eighth of the world’s fresh water, Brazil is sometimes called the “Saudi Arabia of water,” so rich in the coveted resource that some liken it to living above […]

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