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Archive for February, 2018

The 11 Cities Most Likely To Run Out of Drinking Water – Like Cape Town

Via the BBC, a list of the 11 cities most likely to run out of drinking water – like Cape Town: Cape Town is in the unenviable situation of being the first major city in the modern era to face the threat of running out of drinking water. However, the plight of the drought-hit South […]

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Central Asia: Countries With Water Need Their Neighbors With Energy

Via Geopolitical Futures, an interesting article on Central Asian countries efforts to find solutions to internal regional problems such as water without Moscow’s help: Say what you will about the Soviets, but they really knew how to put the “union” in the Soviet Union. For all its faults, the union bound its constituent countries together, […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: Climate Change and Economic Growth Drive Water Scarcity On Tibetan Plateau

Via the Woodrow Wilson Centre’s New Security Beat, an interesting look at the impact of climate change and cconomic growth on water scarcity on the Tibetan Plateau: I pulled my horse to a stop along the banks of a little stream, which was wedged between two grassy hills speckled with wildflowers and pika holes, to admire the […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: Kazakhstan Focuses On Water Dfficiency To Ease Water Sharing With China

Via Third Pole, a look at how policymakers in Kazakhstan are shifting their focus to domestic water saving measures to reduce reliance on river water flowing from China: The use of water of transboundary rivers is a sensitive economic, environmental, and political issue in Central Asia. In Kazakhstan, the government is now shifting focus to […]

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After Cape Town, More African Cities Face Water Crisis

Via Voice of America, a report on potential future African water crises: African cities need to better plan and invest in water infrastructure, global accounting firm Deloitte said on Tuesday, as Cape Town counts down to dry taps due to severe drought. Officials predict taps in the South African city will run out of water […]

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Groundwater Storage Improves the UAE’s Water Resilience: Could it be a Model for the Middle East?

Via Future Directions International, a report on the United Arab Emirates’ use of groundwater storage to improve resilence: In 2010 it was estimated that the United Arab Emirates had access to a four day reserve supply of fresh water, an amount that was deemed insufficient. To minimise the vulnerabilities in its water supply network, Abu Dhabi, the […]

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