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Archive for January, 2018

The Water Scarcity Problem That’s Destroying Countries

Courtesy of Business Connect, insightful commentary on the world’s water scarcity challenge: Clean water. It’s something almost all of us take for granted. We turn on the tap, fill our cup, let some spill over, and then guzzle it down. It’s a privilege we fail to recognize. There is a colossal water scarcity problem in […]

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Tehran Residents Warned Again About Water Consumption

Via The Financial Tribune, an article on Tehran’s water supply crisis: Tehran’s water consumption is about 1.5 times over and above the national average, the head of Tehran’s Management and Planning Organization said. “Water consumption has increased at a shocking rate in the city and in the province of Tehran. Imprudent use of the dwindling […]

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No Namibia-Angola Conflict Over Water

Via New Era, commentary on water tensions between Namibia and Angola: The Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry John Mutorwa has dismissed media reports implying Angolan authorities want Namibia to start paying for the water that it draws from the Calueque Dam. This follows a report by the Namibian Sun that it appears that Namibia has […]

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Water Conflict: Will A Drying Iran Face Syria’s Fate?

Via Geopolitical Monitor, a look at the potential for water related unrest in Iran: Perhaps one of the most quoted predictions regarding the increasing role of water conflicts in global affairs belongs to former vice-president of the World Bank Ismail Serageldin, who in 1995 famously claimed, “Many of the wars of this century were about oil, […]

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Water Scarcity: Threat To India and South Africa

Via the Climate News Network, an article on how more than a third of India’s electricity supply is at risk from water scarcity, which also threatens urban life in parts of South Africa: Water scarcity is now a real threat in two developing countries at the forefront of efforts to reduce climate change, India and […]

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Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam: Search for Resolution Continues despite Increased Geopolitical Competition

Via Future Directions International, a report on growing tensions arising from the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam: Egypt and Sudan raised concerns about the development of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) when plans were unveiled in 2011. A conciliatory tone was adopted between all three states in March 2015 when the Khartoum declaration was signed. […]

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