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Archive for February, 2019

Collapsing Glaciers Threaten Asia’s Water Supplies

Via Nature, a study on the impact of shrinking glacial ice on Asia’s water supplies: The ‘third pole’ is the planet’s largest reservoir of ice and snow after the Arctic and Antarctic. It encompasses the Himalaya–Hindu Kush mountain ranges and the Tibetan Plateau. The region hosts the world’s 14 highest mountains and about 100,000 square […]

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Pakistan’s Water Crisis

Via Pakistan’s Technology Times, a look at the nation’s water crisis: Water is not only important to people and animals, but to plants as well. So, if we look deeper, it’s easy to see that if there was no water to feed the plants, there would be no oxygen for us. Water also provides us […]

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Asia’s Water Supply Endangered by Third Pole Warming

Via Glacier Hub, an article on the climatological and glacial changes in the ‘third pole’, which encompasses the Himalayas, Hindu Kush, Karakoram and the Tibetan Plateau: It is well known that warming will deeply affect glaciers and ice at the poles. Many of the effects are observable today and will continue to impact wildlife, people, […]

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Water As A Weapon: A Historical Look

Via The Smithsonian, an article on the history of water being used as a weapon: It was a sultry-hot Sunday in August 2014 when ISIS came to the Iraqi town of Snune. Roaring around the flanks of Sinjar Mountain in the country’s far northwest, the black-clad fighters quickly seized whatever men, women and children hadn’t been able […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: Can China Quench Coal’s Thirst?

Via The Wilson Center, a look at whether western China can lower its coal-water risk: China’s war on pollution and goals to lower carbon emissions are noteworthy as the United States takes a back seat in the global energy transition. Cleaner air and low carbon efforts in China could significantly change the country’s environmental health story […]

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Water Dangers In South Asia

Via the Third Pole, a detailed look at how – with glacier retreat, permafrost melt, and extreme rainfall events – the countries of the Hindu Kush Himalayas have to start cooperating far more closely, or pay a huge price: Water in the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region is going through large and dramatic changes, caused […]

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