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Archive for April, 2018

Karachi’s Water Supply Threatened By Theft, Corruption, and Disrepair

Via Circle of Blue, an interesting look at how theft, corruption, and disrepair hamper water access for millions in Pakistan’s largest city: Pakistan, on the whole, is one of the world’s most water-scarce countries. Inadequate supplies are already the case in Karachi, the country’s largest city, where theft, corruption, and disrepair hamper water access for […]

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Ivory Coast Feels The Thirst

Via Terra Daily, an article on Bouake’s water crisis: Earlier this year, Cape Town grabbed the world’s headlines as it careened towards a water armageddon. Crippled by a three-year-long drought, the South African city braced for a complete shutdown of domestic water supplies. In the event, Cape Town dodged the immediate bullet. But thousands of […]

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Iran: Millions Facing Water Shortages

Via Radio Farda, an article on Iran’s drought: Iran is facing its harshest drought in the last 50 years, and nearly half the country’s population will soon face water shortages, according to the Energy Ministry. “334 cities with 35 million people across Iran are currently struggling with water stress,” said Energy Minister Reza Ardakanian April […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: The South-to-North Water Diversion Project – A Massive Diversion?

Via The Economist, interesting commentary on China’s South-to-North Water Diversion Project: FOR the past drought-stricken year, most of the drinking water consumed in Beijing has travelled 1,432km (895 miles), roughly the distance from New York to Orlando, Florida. Its journey begins in a remote and hilly part of central China at the Danjiangkou reservoir, on the […]

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Drought Returns To Huge Swaths Of U.S., Fueling Fears Of A Thirsty Future

Via Huffington Post, an article on how global warming, worsening droughts, vanishing groundwater and growing populations will make the U.S. more vulnerable to water shortages in the 21st century: Less than eight months after Hurricane Harvey pelted the Texas Gulf Coast with torrential rainfall, drought has returned to Texas and other parts of the West, […]

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Laos: New Hydropower Dams, Old Mekong Worries

Via The Diplomat, a report on growing concerns around the future of the Mekong River as Laos continues its hydropower ambitions: Laos has not been reluctant to let the world know about its ambition to become the largest energy exporter in the region, or the “Battery of Asia.” As of part of efforts to realize its […]

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