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Archive for October, 2017

Libyans Dig For Water…In Cities

Via Reuters, a sobering article on how – across Libya’s capital – residents have started drilling through pavements to access wells in a desperate search for water after the taps ran dry: After years of neglect, workers turned off the water to do urgent maintenance earlier this month, cutting supplies to many Tripoli households. Then […]

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Water Shortage: The Number-One World Fisk

Via Raconteur, a report on the world’s growing water crisis: Water is one of the most utilised resources around the world and yet it’s among the least respected. Many of us expect access to this life-giving resource to be a right and that it should cost very little. While some governments subsidise its distribution, others […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: Tapping Tibetan Rivers To Ease Distant Thirst

Via The South China Morning Post, an interesting report on a Chinese engineering plan for a 1,000km tunnel to make Xinjiang’s desert bloom: Chinese engineers are testing techniques that could be used to build a 1,000km tunnel – the world’s longest – to carry water from Tibet to Xinjiang, experts involved in the project say. […]

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Iran’s New Energy Minister Vows Action on Chronic Water Crisis

Via Iran’s Financial Tribune, a report a new Minister’s intention to revisit an excessive and imprudent trend of dam construction in the past several decades: Preserving water resources and reforming the national wastewater system amid a chronic water crisis are front and center to plans of Reza Ardakanian, Iran’s new energy minister who boasts environmentally-friendly credentials. Prior […]

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Is Sustainable Cooperation On The Mekong Possible?

Via The Diplomat, a look at the political realities — starting with China — that make Mekong management difficult: The latest Greater Mekong Forum on Water, Food and Energy took place from October 25-27 in Yangon, Myanmar. This forum is the biggest annual affair aiming to raise awareness and share research-based knowledge about sustainable development […]

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Iran Pushing to Finalize New Water, Power Deals

Via Iran’s Financial Tribune, a report on Iranian government’s efforts to revive Lake Urmia, once Iran’s largest salt lake that dried up a few years back which has now been reduced to a thin body of water: Iran is finalizing a flurry of new deals in the water and power sectors while efforts are underway […]

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