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Archive for January, 2019

The Thirsty Dragon: China Ponders Massive Canals To Link Yangtze and Pearl Rivers

Via The Asia Times, a report on China’s consideration of two mega canal systems to connect two major rivers, a project that would dwarf Three Gorges Dam in terms of size and effort required: China is considering digging two mega canal systems to link the Yangtze River, which runs through central and eastern China, to […]

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In Water-Scarce Regions Desalination Plants Are Risky Investments

Courtesy of Circle of Blue, an interesting look at desalination: Earlier this year, during India’s deepest drought in decades, local authorities in central Maharashtra reported the highest rainfall deficit in the country. Water levels behind dams dropped so far that reservoirs had bathtub rings of dried sand and mud. Puddles lay at the bottom of […]

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Water and Climate Hazards Again Top World Economic Forum Risks Report

Courtesy of Circle of Blue, a report on water scarcity’s position in a recent World Economic Forum list of global risks: Global risks are intensifying but the collective will to tackle them appears to be lacking Drought, water scarcity, climate change, extreme weather are among the biggest risks to society and industry Water crises were a top-five […]

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Is Cape Town Really Past ‘Day Zero’?

Via China Water Risk, a look at Cape Town and whether it is truly past ‘Day Zero’: A 50L/person/day water restriction & 40% farm use reduction were key to staving off ‘Day Zero’; combined with returned rainfall has bought time to find sustainable management approaches Key challenges to overcome include the supply-demand gap, political finger […]

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The Parched Tiger: Groundwater Plummets in Delhi, City of 29 Million

Courtesy of Circle of Blue, a report on Delhi’s water crisis where experts warn the city could reach “zero groundwater levels” by 2020: Delhi is running short — maybe even out — of groundwater. A harrowing report in June from NITI Aayog, a government-chartered think tank, warned that Delhi, along with 20 other Indian cities, could reach […]

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Kabul Faces Water Crisis

Via Space War, a look at Kabul’s water crisis: Standing in his garden in Kabul, Baz Mohammad Kochi oversees the drilling of a new well more than 100 metres deep after his first water reservoir dried up. He is not alone. A shortage of rain and snow, a booming population and wasteful consumption have drained […]

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