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Archive for November, 2018

Competition For Shrinking Groundwater

Via Terra Daily, an article on the growing scarcity of groundwater: Groundwater, which has been used to irrigate crops, satiate livestock and quench thirst in general for thousands of years, continues to be a vital resource around the world. But according to research by Scott Jasechko and Debra Perrone, assistant professors at UC Santa Barbara, […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: Water Crisis Puts Trade War Into Perspective For China

Via Asia Times, an article on China’s water crisis: China’s trade war with the United States has tended to dominate the news agenda in the past year. But a bigger challenge for Beijing could be the threat of a water crisis which would submerge the world’s second-largest economy and wash away growth. Two reports by Greenpeace […]

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The Potential for Conflict: India, Pakistan and Afghanistan’s New Dam

Via Future Directions International, an interesting article on the potential impact of a new dam in south Asia: Afghanistan is currently experiencing below-average levels of rain and snowfall. The adverse weather conditions, and a rapidly increasing population, have exacerbated the need for Kabul to secure new water infrastructure. In a move that could reduce flows […]

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Deadly Water Disputes Intensify in Central Asia as Glaciers Melt

Via Circle of Blue, a look at Central Asian water tensions: In Central Asia, small-scale water conflicts flare frequently along the jigsaw borders that separate Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. Sometimes, these disagreements turn deadly. Under Soviet rule, water-rich Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan provided much of the water needed for the region’s agriculture, which is fed by canals […]

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The Parched Tiger: Afghanistan’s Rivers Could Be India’s Next Weapon Against Pakistan

Via Foreign Policy, an article on New Delhi’s efforts to fund an ambitious dam near Kabul that could reduce water flow to its rival downstream, a project that might spark the world’s next conflict: Most of Afghanistan is currently experiencing a 60 percent drop in the rain and snowfall needed for food production. The rapid expansion of Kabul’s […]

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The Parched Tiger: Groundwater Runs Short in Chennai

Via Future Directions International, an article on India’s water stress: According to NITI Aayog, a government-affiliated think-tank, India is experiencing one of the worst water crises in history. The June report warned that households, farmers and industry are increasingly threatened by water shortages. It is estimated that out of India’s 1.3 billion population, 163 million people – or one in ten […]

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