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Archive for August, 2019

Drought and Unrest Push Residents Out of Central America’s Dry Corridor

Courtesy of Circle of Blue, a report on the impact of drought in Central America: Residents of Central America’s Dry Corridor are at a crossroads: stay in the drought-stricken region, where food insecurity and violence are rampant, or migrate.  Running along the Pacific Coast, the Dry Corridor includes parts of Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, and […]

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Egypt Declares Water Emergency As Precaution

Via Al Monitor, an article on Egypt’s water crisis: Though water-scarce Egypt is on the verge of flood season, Cairo has declared a state of emergency due to a decline in water flow from last year. Yet water experts say the country is in good enough shape because of its reserves and water conservation measures.  “The job of […]

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Mekong River Strikes Another Record Low

Via The Diplomat, a report on the Mekong’s plight: In recent weeks, the Mekong River, one of the world’s longest and largest rivers, which has been under peril due to a confluence of development, demographic, and geopolitical pressures, has been at its lowest levels in a century. Dams upstream are holding back much needed water amid […]

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The Parched Tiger: ‘We Can’t Waste a Drop.’ India Is Running Out of Water.

Courtesy of The Wall Street Journal, a look at how population growth, modernization and climate change has spawned a resource crisis and trouble in a remote Himalayan region in India: The Ladakh region of northern India is one of the world’s highest, driest inhabited places. For centuries, meltwater from winter snows in the Himalayan mountains sustained […]

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The Parched Tiger: Climate Change, Groundwater & Agriculture In India

Via China Water Risk, an interesting report on groundwater in India: India is the largest groundwater user at 25%; in the 1970s groundwater irrigation & other tech sparked the Green Revolution that is linked to the country’s food security but can this continue? Over-extraction has compromised India’s climate resilience & rainfall variability is making the […]

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Brazil and Paraguay: In A Dam Mess

Via The Economist, a look at a secret hydropower deal between Brazil and Paraguay which is causing a political crisis in Paraguay: WHEN BRAZILIAN soldiers invaded Paraguay in 1865, after banding together with Argentina and Uruguay, the country lost a quarter of its territory and as much as 90% of its male population. A century later […]

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