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Archive for December, 2018

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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California’s Water Wars

Courtesy of The Economist, an article on California’s water wars: The federal government and the state of California seem to love suing each other, and have done so dozens of times in the past two years without causing anyone much damage. But President Donald Trump is now threatening to sue the state over control of water. […]

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Water Crises Named the Biggest Business Risk in Egypt, Iran, Namibia, and Pakistan

Courtesy of Circle of Blue, a look at a recent World Economic Forum survey that looked at water scarcity risks worldwide: Not a rapid growth in energy prices. Not unemployment. Not rising public debt. Business leaders in some of the world’s most water-stressed countries say that water availability and pollution are the biggest risks to their operations. […]

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