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Archive for September, 2016

Peak Salt: Is The Desalination Dream Over For The Gulf states?

Via The Guardian, an interesting report on the Middle East’s desalination plants, where the more water they process, the less economically viable they become: Gulf states are among the most water-scarce in the world. With few freshwater resources and low rainfall, many countries have turned to desalination (where salt is removed from seawater) for their clean […]

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The Parched Tiger: Why the India-Pakistan War Over Water Is So Dangerous

Via Foreign Policy, a look at the how – as New Delhi and Islamabad trade nuclear threats and deadly attacks – a brewing war over shared water resources threatens to turn up the violence: Early on the morning of Sept. 29, according to India’s Defense Ministryand military, Indian forces staged a “surgical strike” in Pakistan-administered Kashmir that […]

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Iran, Australia Sign Water Management Pact

Via MEHR News, a report on a new water management pact between Iran and Australia: Iranian Energy Minister Hamid Chitchian and the Australian Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Steven Ciobo in a meeting in Tehran signed a new cooperation pact on water management. Hamid Chitchian pointing to the signing of a memorandum of understanding […]

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The Parched Tiger: Shrinking Water Supply + Rising Demand = Anger

Courtesy of The Economist, a look at India, where shrinking water supply and rising demand is stirring anger: THE toll was not shocking by Indian standards: two dead, nearly 100 vehicles torched and some 400 “miscreants” arrested. Nor did the violence that erupted on September 12th in Bangalore, capital of the southern state of Karnataka, […]

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Indus Waters Treaty Rides Out Latest Crisis

Via The Third Pole, an interesting look at how a recent terrorist attack has led to the questioning of the Indus Waters Treaty in India, but officially there is no move to change or rescind it: The 1960 World Bank-mediated Indus Waters Treaty between India and Pakistan is considered one of the great success stories of water diplomacy, especially […]

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‘I am Lake Urmia’: A Social Media Initiative Focuses On Iran’s Environment

Via The Guardian, an interesting look at how Iran’s Lake Urmia’s grim destiny reflects a wider trend of enviromental problems in Iran, including an over-reliance on dams, extreme weather patterns, climatic changes, poor irrigation practices and unregulated use of water: Long tucked away behind the mountains of northwest Iran, Lake Urmia is becoming a national symbol of environmental […]

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