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Archive for April, 2017

Simmering Down: Why Uzbekistan’s Shifts on Water Politics Matter

Via The Diplomat, a look at how recent statements from Uzbek officials drop previous vitriol in favor of diplomatic neighborliness: By all indications, the first four months of Shavkat Mirziyoyev’s tenure as Uzbekistan’s head have seen the new leader place his own stamp on the presidency. While certain of Tashkent’s broader foreign policy prescriptions — […]

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Pakistan’s India Obsession Hides Its Real Water Challenges

Via Third Pole.net, further commentary on how extensive coverage of the Indus Waters Treaty in the Pakistani media over-emphasizes disagreements with India, and ignores more important water management challenges that the country faces: Over the past few months, with the deterioration of relations between Pakistan and India, there has been a renewed interest in the Indus Waters […]

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Climate Change May Fuel Terrorism Recruitment

Via The Guardian, a report on how terrorist groups will exploit natural disasters and water and food shortages: Climate change will fuel acts of terrorism and strengthen recruiting efforts by terrorist groups such as Islamic State and Boko Haram, a report commissioned by the German foreign office has found. Terrorist groups will exploit the natural disasters and […]

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The Parched Tiger: Bangladeshis Won’t Accept Anything Short of Teesta Treaty With India

Via The Third Pole, an interview with with Bangladesh’s former top diplomat on the Teesta, India-Bangladesh water relations, the Farakka Barrage, and the future of the Ganga Treaty: The Foreign Secretary of Bangladesh between 2007 and 2009, Mohammed Touhid Hossain had earlier been the country’s Deputy High Commissioner in Kolkata, and is a well-known authority on […]

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Water Wars: A Historical Perspective

Via Popular Science, a timeline of historical global water conflict: Whether we’re poisoning, drowning, or dehydrating our enemies into submission, we humans have long waged war over water. Standing Rock is just the latest. 595-685 B.C. — Amphicitionic League vs. Kirrans Pilgrims visiting the Oracle at Delphi had to pass Kirra, a coastal city where thieves […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: Is Fast Fashion Sucking China’s Aquifers Dry?

Via China Water Risk, a report on how groundwater is being over-extracted to grow cotton – is China or fast fashion to blame? Although we have had our suspicions about this, there wasn’t really a link; until now. An interesting piece of research on “Groundwater depletion embedded in international food trade” was just published in […]

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