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Archive for July, 2016

The World’s Most Water-Stressed Cities

Courtesy of The Guardian, a look at the world’s most water stressed cities: where more than 2.5 billion people don’t have access to basic levels of fresh water for at least one month each year – a situation growing ever more critical as urban populations expand rapidly: In the southern reaches of Egypt, the city […]

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Israel’s Mediterranean Desalination Plants Could Shift Middle East’s Water Balance

Courtesy of Circle of Blue, a look at how Israel’s desalination could remake the region’s politics and ecology but hasn’t yet: The water that flows into Sorek desalination plant is drawn from near the Mediterranean Sea floor. Pumped inland, the water is cleansed, step by step, of salts and impurities. The transmutation does not take […]

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Water Security in South Asia: Running Dry and Running Out of Options

Via The Cipher Brief, commentary on water security in South Asia: In the latest dispute between India and Pakistan, Islamabad has taken New Delhi to the International Court of Arbitration in The Hague over a longstanding water treaty. The move does not bode well for bilateral mediation between the two adversarial neighbors, and it underscores […]

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Mexico: Potential Water Crisis In A Decade

Via Mexico News Daily, a report on Mexico’s impending water crisis: In just 10 years’ time Mexico could be suffering a widespread water crisis, warns the Mexican Institute of Water Technology (IMTA). The warning came in a recent presentation on water vulnerability in Mexico in the face of climate change by IMTA’s coordinator of hydrology, Mario […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: A Water Stress Map of China

Via China Water Risk, an interesting look at China’s water stress: Highlights -BWS is a measurement of the level of competition & depletion of available water; high value = more competition -Main distinction: BWS-China uses detailed data from govt sources vs BWS-Global which uses country data -BWS-China shows less stress in downstream areas of Yellow […]

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Water Insecurity In The Arab World

Via Project Syndicate, commentary on water stress in the Middle East: Nowhere is freshwater scarcer than in the Arab world. The region is home to most of the world’s poorest states or territories in terms of water resources, including Bahrain, Djibouti, Gaza, Jordan, Kuwait, Libya, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. This shortage – exacerbated […]

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