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Archive for March, 2018

Water Shortages Could Affect 5 Billion People By 2050

Via The Guardian, an article on a new UN reoprt looking at the impact of water scarcity on the global population: More than 5 billion people could suffer water shortages by 2050 due to climate change, increased demand and polluted supplies, according to a UN report on the state of the world’s water. The comprehensive […]

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Why Drought Is A National Security Issue In Iran

Via Al Monitor, an article on Iran’s water insecurity and its impact on national security: Iran is arid with low levels of annual precipitation and limited water resources that have been shrinking. Drought has gripped most parts of the country for at least a decade now, and precipitation has decreased drastically to its lowest level on record in 50 […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: Southern Water for North China

Via Future Directions International, a report on whether China’s reliance on water conveyance infrastructure a long-term solution to its water stress: Key Points The planning, construction and operation of grand infrastructure projects is a key component of the Chinese Communist Party’s legitimacy. Canals that shift water from the south of the country to the drier north, […]

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The Parched Tiger: Water Scarcity – India’s Silent Crisis

Via Inter Press Service, a look at India’s water crisis: As Cape Town inches towards ‘Zero Hour’ set for July 15, 2018, the real threat of water scarcity is finally hitting millions of people worldwide. For on that day, the South African city’s 3.78 million citizens — rich and poor, young and old, men and […]

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Transaqua Canal: Proposed Solution To Lake Chad Crisis

Via Terra Daily, a report on a proposed engineering solution to the Lake Chad crisis: It sounds like something from Wakanda, the futuristic African kingdom of the hit movie “Black Panther”. But “Transaqua” is a very real proposal for a very real problem — how to replenish the shrinking waters of Lake Chad. It imagines […]

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Divided By Drought: Water Scarcity Divides Rich and Poor

Via The Washington Post, analysis of how Cape Town’s water crisis has highlighted the divide between rich and poor: What do you do when your city is running out of water? The answer, at least in one of the world’s most unequal countries, depends on how much money you have. Within the next few months, […]

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