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Archive for December, 2018

Philippines: Deforestation, Dying Rivers Leading To Water Wars

Via The Eurasia Review, commentary on water scarcity in the Philippines: An eerie calm exists over the villages of Fedelisan, Sagada and Dalican of Bontoc of Mountain Province, Philippines. It is because, there is no telling how many killings will again turn the pristine waters red. Not too long ago, ten people died and scores […]

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A Damming Trend

Via Terra Daily, a report on the future of hydro dams on the Mekong River: Hundreds of dams are being proposed for Mekong River basin in Southeast Asia. The negative social and environmental consequences – affecting everything from food security to the environment – greatly outweigh the positive changes of this grand-scale flood control, according […]

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The Thirsty Dragon and Parched Tiger: China Weaponizing Water Against India

Via Braham Chellaney, commentary on the weaponization of water in Asia: Just as China has changed the status quo in the South China Sea through an island-building strategy, it is working to re-engineer cross-border flows of international rivers that originate in Tibet, which Beijing annexed in 1951. No country will be more affected by China’s […]

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Afghanistan and Pakistan’s Looming Water Conflict

Courtesy of The Diplomat, an article on how, for Afghanistan, the Kabul River is far more than a tool of coercive diplomacy against Pakistan: From the Mayan Empire to modern-day Syria and Yemen, water insecurity has been a predominant cause of social distress, conflict, and crisis. Studies show that there is a 75 to 95 percent probability […]

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Iran’s Water Crisis Causes Discontent in the Provinces

Via Future Directions International, a look at the impact of Iran’s water crisis in its provinces: Unrest related to the ongoing water scarcity crisis has flared up again in Iran, with water pipelines reportedly sabotaged by farmers in the central Iranian province of Isfahan. The pipelines divert water from that province to neighbouring Yazd province, which farmers […]

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Asia’s Water Challenges

Via China Water Risk, an excellent graphical look at Asia’s water scarcity challenge:

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