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Archive for May, 2016

Pakistan: Water Scarcity A Bigger Threat Than Militancy

Via Deutsche Welle, a look at Pakistan’s water crisis: A country which is dealing with homegrown Islamic militancy and an exponential rise in extremism might not be too concerned about water shortage, or at least it would not be its top priority. That is why the Pakistani government has hinted that it will significantly increase […]

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Droughtlandia USA

Courtesy of the Pacific Standard, an interesting commentary on what happens when climate change causes Californians to migrate north to Oregon and Washington: In a rumpled suit jacket and faded jeans, Giles Slade stands atop an earthen levee and looks out over a vast expanse of water. It’s mid-November, and the Fraser River runs gray […]

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The Parched Tiger: India To ‘Divert Rivers’ To Tackle Drought

Via BBC, a report on India’s water stress: India is set to divert water from its rivers to deal with a severe drought, a senior minister has told the BBC. Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti said transferring water, including from major rivers like the Brahmaputra and the Ganges, to drought-prone areas is now her government’s […]

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Troubled Waters: The World’s Thirsty Future

Via the Pacific Standard, a sobering look at the future of global water tensions where – amid population booms and more extreme weather – rising demand—not supply shortages—will be the main driver of water stress: North America The Ogallala aquifer provides nearly one-third of the groundwater used for irrigation in the United States. In 2013, […]

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Southwest US: As Lake Mead Dwindles, Can An Interstate Water War Be Far Behind?

Via the Los Angeles Times, an article on the growing tension over the dwindling Colorado River: The last time two states went to war over water, it was 1934. The combatants were California and Arizona and the casus belli was the start of construction of Parker Dam, which would direct water from the Colorado River into California via […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: China’s Murky Waters

Via The Asia and Pacific Policy Society, a look at China’s groundwater challenge: During their long march towards industrialisation, all developed countries failed to give adequate attention to air, water and soil pollution. When they did, it was considered as a price to be paid for progress. By the 1960s, many of the major water […]

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