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Archive for July, 2019

Beyond Water Wars?

Courtesy of The Wilson Quarterly, an interesting look at that, while dire predictions of nations battling over water have not come true, the most bitter conflicts over water are closer to home: Former World Bank Vice-President Ismail Serageldin predicted in 1995 that “the wars of the next century will be about water.” It was a […]

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Drilling Deeper: U.S. Groundwater Wells Race Towards Bottom

Via Circle of Blue, an interesting look at how well depths are increasing across the United States: To locate sufficient supplies of fresh water, the nation’s groundwater wells are being drilled deeper and deeper, according to an analysis of more than 10 million well records since the 1950s. “No matter how you slice it, we’re […]

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Central Asia: Water Scarcity and Climate Change Threats

Via The Diplomat, interesting commentary on the threat facing Central Asia from water scarcity and climate change: Central Asian countries have a long list of potential security challenges: economic recession, the return of foreign fighters from Syria and Iraq, ethnic and political violence, and the spillover of the conflict in Afghanistan. This list is not […]

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Iranian Red Crescent Society Launches Water Donation Campaign

Via The Tehran Times, an article on an Iranian water donation campaign aiming to ease drought in four (4) provinces: The Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) will launch a campaign for the second time to solicit public donations to ease water stress in four provinces of the country. Called Nazr-e Ab (literally meaning water donation), […]

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The Parched Tiger: Haves vs. The Poor In Drought-Hit Delhi

Via Circle of Blue, a report on how the “haves” get limitless water in drought-hit Delhi, while the poor fight for every drop: In this teeming capital city of more than 20 million people, a worsening drought is amplifying the vast inequality between India’s rich and poor. The politicians, civil servants and corporate lobbyists who […]

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The Parched Tiger: What Will Modi’s Second Term Mean for the Indian Water Crisis?

Via Future Directions International, some thoughts on strategies that the Indian Government may take to address the ongoing water crisis: Key Points India faces a major water crisis; it is already water scarce and will become even more so without major intervention. The crisis is largely due to years of mismanagement, fragmented governance frameworks and […]

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