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Archive for May, 2016

The Parched Tiger: India’s Water Nightmare

Courtesy of The Economist, a look at India’s water shortages and how management – rather than drought – may be to blame: AT THE dawn of time Lord Vishnu made gods and demons join in churning the milky oceans to extract an elixir of eternal life. After cheating the demons of their share, Vishnu spilled […]

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Running Dry: ‘Lack Of Awareness’ Risks Abu Dhabi Water Reserves

Via The National, a sobering report on the UAE’s water consumption trends: Natural water reserves in Abu Dhabi will be exhausted within 50 years because residents are unaware that they are using too much, a new study says. Underground aquifers must be allowed to replenish or they will be dry by about 2066, said Prof […]

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“The Third World War Will be About Water”

Via the Carnegie Council, commentary on the risk of water related turmoil in the future: In 2015, NASA’s satellite data revealed that 21 of the world’s 37 large aquifers are severely water-stressed. With growing populations, and increased demands from agriculture and industry, researchers indicated that this crisis is only likely to worsen. Rajendra Singh, known as the […]

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Water: The Other U.S.-Mexico Border Issue

Courtesy of STRATFOR (subscription required), a detailed analysis of the growing tension over the Rio Grande watershed: When determining borders, a river is often the clearest delineation between sovereign nations. But that clarity abruptly ends when countries must decide how to use the water that the river provides. Even managing rivers that do not determine […]

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Dams, Drought and Disaster Along the Mekong River

Via IRIN News, a report on the water challenges facing the nations and communities along the Mekong River: The dry months before the monsoon rains arrive are often tough for Cambodian fishermen and farmers. But with rivers drying up and drinking water running out, conditions have rarely been as bad as they are now.   The […]

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The Parched Tiger: Armed Guards Protect Last Water In Drought-Parched Indian City

Via Eco-Business, a sobering report on India’s water crisis as households and farmers wrestle over scanty water from the Jamuniya River, the only remaining drinking water source in a drought-stricken village which suffered a 57 per cent below average rainfall this year: Authorities in this drought-parched city in central India have deployed round-the-clock armed guards […]

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