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Archive for June, 2016

Water Scarcity, Migration And Regional Security In South Asia

Via Future Directions International, an interesting look at water scarcity, migration and regional security in South Asia Key Points Water scarcity alone does not trigger population movements. Other factors such as political tensions, transboundary relationships and existing poverty and inequality will determine whether migration is likely to occur. Rapidly increasing populations, urbanisation and increased environmental […]

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Stressed Indus River Threatens Pakistan’s Water Supply

Via Nature, a report on how population growth and agriculture have stressed the Indus, which flows the length of Pakistan: The Indus River, which supports the lives of 300 million people, is supplying Pakistan with less water than it did 50 years ago, particularly in the spring and summer, researchers have found. The news comes as demand […]

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Dry Dams, Leaky Pipes and Tanker Mafias – Karachi’s Water Crisis

Via The Guardian, a look at how Pakistan’s largest city is struggling to deliver water to residents amid a shortfall and claims of state mismanagement:  A young boy sells water in Bilal Colony, Karachi. The city is currently meeting just 50% of its total water requirement. “There’s nothing here,” says Farzana Khatoun, surveying the dry […]

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The Parched Tiger: Water Issues Spark Furore In Jammu & Kashmir Assembly

Via Third Pole.net, commentary on water issues in Jammu & Kashmir from the Indus Waters Treaty to the ownership of major hydropower projects: The Baglihar Hydroelectric Power Project is one of the few owned by the J&K State Power Development Corporation Ltd. In 2011 Taj Mohi-u-Din, then the minister of irrigation in the state of […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: China’s New Silk Road Causing Regional Water Stress

Via Third Pole.net, a report on a recent decision by the Chinese to put temporary halt on a dam which could destroy the Siberian lake ecosystem, highlighting lack of environmental safeguards along the New Silk Road: Every Chinese person knows about one place in Siberia –  Lake Baikal. It is not necessarily famous for its […]

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Dams Power Turkey’s Conflict With the Kurds

Courtesy of STRATFOR (subscription required), a look at how, as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan cracks down on the country’s Kurds, rivers and dams will be central to his strategy — and Kurdish militants’ reprisals: Forecast Hydropower projects and dam building will continue to be important components of Turkey’s strategy for managing its Kurdish population. […]

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