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Archive for August, 2015

Middle East: Facing Water Shortages For Next 25 Years

Via The Guardian, a look at how rising population and dwindling water supplies will affect millions of people and exacerbate conflict in the Middle East in the decades ahead: Water supplies across the Middle East will deteriorate over 25 years, threatening economic growth and national security and forcing more people to move to already overcrowded […]

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Ranking The World’s Most Water-Stressed Countries In 2040

Via the World Resources Institute, an interesting ranking on future water stress—a measure of competition and depletion of surface water—in 167 countries by 2020, 2030, and 2040: The world’s demand for water is likely to surge in the next few decades. Rapidly growing populations will drive increased consumption by people, farms and companies. More people will move […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: A History Of China’s Water Crisis – The Yellow River

Via The Third Pole, an interesting historical look at China’s water problems: During the hot, dry month of August 1992 the farmers of Baishan village in Hebei province and Panyang village in Henan came to blows.  Residents from each village hurled insults and explosives at the other across the Zhang River – the river that […]

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Latin America’s Water Security Depends On Curbing Agriculture Use

Via Trust.org, an article on agriculture’s use of water in Latin America: Countries in Latin America and the Caribbean must rein in their thirsty agriculture sector to ensure water security, as extreme weather takes a toll on the region’s growing cities, experts said. Agriculture accounts for 70 percent of global water use, consuming more than […]

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Deliberate Targeting Of Water Sources Worsens Misery For Millions of Syrians

Via Inter Press Service, more sad news of the use of water as a weapon in Syria: The conflict in Syria has destroyed much of the country’s water infrastructure, leaving five million people suffering from a critical water shortage. Imagine having to venture out into a conflict zone in search of water because rebel groups […]

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Thirsty Middle East Faces Worsening Water Stress

Via Trust.org, a look at the Middle East’s water challenges: Nearly half of 33 countries expected to face extremely high water stress by 2040 are in the Middle East, where surface water is limited and demand is high, said experts who ranked 167 nations. Thirteen Middle Eastern countries plus the Palestinian Territories are projected to […]

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