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Archive for November, 2016

2017 Shows Little Sign Of An End To Karachi’s Water Crisis

Via Future Directions International, a report on Pakistan’s water stress, particularly on its largest city – Karachi: Karachi’s water supply comes mainly from two sources: the Keenjhar Lake, 120 kilometres northwest of Karachi, and the Hub Dam, 60 kilometres northwest. Years of on-going drought have left Pakistan’s largest city as the sixth most water-stressed city […]

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A Water War in Asia?

Via Project Syndicate, commentary from Brahma Chellaney, Professor of Strategic Studies at the New Delhi-based Center for Policy Research on the potential for water tensions in Asia to boil over: Tensions over water are rising in Asia – and not only because of conflicting maritime claims. While territorial disputes, such as in the South China Sea, attract […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: 42m People In North, Central China Drink ‘Southern Water’

Via China Daily, a report on China’s south-to-north water diversion project: About 6 billion cubic meters of water has been transferred to central and northern China as of Friday via the south-to-north water diversion project, benefiting 42 million people, officials said Friday. According to the project’s construction commission office in Beijing, tap water quality in […]

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In Water-Scarce Regions Desalination Plants Are Risky Investments

Courtesy of Circle of Blue, an interesting look at desalination investments: Earlier this year, during India’s deepest drought in decades, local authorities in central Maharashtra reported the highest rainfall deficit in the country. Water levels behind dams dropped so far that reservoirs had bathtub rings of dried sand and mud. Puddles lay at the bottom […]

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Suriname’s Plan To Fight the Caribbean’s Drought

Via Bloomberg, a report on a plan in Suriname to tow a giant bag of water to fight the Caribbean’s drought: Auke Piek, a 44-year-old Dutch engineer, says he has a solution to the Caribbean’s worst drought in half a century — and it lies hundreds of miles away in the tropical rain forests of Suriname. This week, […]

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Bolivia: State of Emergency Due To Drought

Via Reuters, a report on Bolivia declaration of a state of emergency due to drought, water shortage: Bolivia’s government declared a state of emergency on Monday due to water shortages in large swaths of the country amid the worst drought in 25 years, making funds available to alleviate a crisis that has affected families and the […]

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