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Archive for March, 2017

Countries Facing The Highest Risk of Water Scarcity

Via Jai Shroff’s blog, a report on some of the countries facing the highest risk of water scarcity and what their governments are doing about it: In 2013, the World Resource Institute (WRI) Aqueduct project conducted a water-stress evaluation that looked at 100 river basins in 180 countries. Researchers calculated how much water is withdrawn […]

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The Thirsty Dragon and Parched Tiger: Tibet’s Waters for Xinjiang – Another Diversion of the Brahmaputra?

Via Claude Arpi, commentary on another potential plan for diverting the headwaters of the Yalung Tsangpo river: I often mentioned on this blog, the different ‘diversion’ schemes, whether of the Yarlung Tsangpo (Brahmaputra) or the Indus River.  Now, a new one has come to light.  According to an official Chinese website, during the ‘Two Sessions’, […]

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Afghan Dam Promises Water – But also Conflict – For Dusty Border Lands

Via The Guardian, a report on how Afghanistan’s neglected Nimruz province hopes a dam will boost agriculture but faces hostility from Iran, unhappy at the Helmand river’s meager flow, and their Taliban allies: In a corner of the southern Afghan desert, scorched by heat and thrashed by sandstorms, Nimruz is one of Afghanistan’s most remote […]

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Asia’s Water Politics Near the Boiling Point

Via Inter Press, commentary on Asia’s escalating water challenge:  In Asia, it likely will not be straightforward water wars. Prolonged water scarcity might lead to security situations that are more nuanced, giving rise to a complex set of cascading but unpredictable consequences, with communities and nations reacting in ways that we have not seen in […]

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Afghanistan: Why Leveraging Kabul’s Food and Water Security Situation Must be Earned, not Expected

Via Future Directions International, a report on Afghanistan’s food and water security situation: Key Points Corruption, property rights and climate change are three challenges that contribute to Afghanistan’s food and water woes out to 2030. Afghanistan’s food and water security situation is bleak because Kabul must rebuild a “failed state” as well as address newer […]

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The Parched Tiger: Pumped Dry – India Faces Its Worst Water Crisis In Generations

Via Quartz, a look at India’s water crisis: India is facing a perfect storm in managing water. Centuries of mismanagement, political and institutional incompetence, indifference at central, state and municipal levels, a steadily increasing population that will reach an estimated 1.7 billion by 2050, a rapidly mushrooming middle class demanding an increasingly protein-rich diet that […]

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