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Archive for January, 2019

The Thirsty Dragon: Despite National Improvements, Water Quality Deteriorates in North-East China

Via Future Directions International, a report on China’s other water related issue – pollution: Water pollution is a major environmental issue in China and is a leading cause of “mass incidents”, as public protests are called in China. In 2014, more than half of the water tested from 4,778 sources was unfit for human consumption. […]

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Drought + Conflict = Climate Refugees

Via Eco Business, an article on statistical examination of whether – in a context of poor governance and a medium level of democracy – severe climate conditions can create conflict over scarce resources: Austrian researchers have made it simpler to identify climate refugees, claiming to have established a direct causal link between climate change, conflict and the […]

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Going, Going, Gone: The Global Water Crisis

Courtesy of Quartz, a report on the world’s water crisis: t the edge of the Sea of Cortez lies what was once the mouth of the 1,450-mile-long Colorado River, a marsh land that, half a century ago, was filled with birds and wildlife and supported hundreds of small farms and fisheries. But drought, dams, and […]

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On the Water-Starved Colorado River, Drought Is the New Normal

Via Yale’s e360, an interesting article on the impact that a 19-year drought and climate change in the U.S. southwest is having upon making the region, water managers and users along the Colorado River: In the basement of the University of Arizona’s Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research, the fragrant smell of pine hangs in the air as […]

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A Global Groundwater ‘Time Bomb’

Via Motherboard, a report on how climate change could disrupt nearly half of the world’s groundwater supply within 100 years: Many harsh realities of climate change are kicking in around the world, including extreme weather and sea level rise. But scientists now warn that there’s an overlooked “time bomb” on the horizon as temperatures warm—the global groundwater […]

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Central Asia: Glaciers Are Retreating While Millions Rely on Their Water.

Courtesy of The New York Times, an interesting report on water stress in Central Asia: On a summer day in the mountains high above Almaty, Kazakhstan’s largest city, the Tuyuksu glacier is melting like mad. Rivulets of water stream down the glacier’s thin leading edge. As she has for nearly two decades, Maria Shahgedanova, a […]

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