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Archive for September, 2019

Ethiopia Rejects Egyptian Proposal On Nile Dam Operation

Via Al Jazeera, a report on the disagreement over the annual flow of water that should be guaranteed to Egypt: Ethiopia has said it will not accept a proposal by Egypt on the operation of the hydropower dam Addis Ababa is building on the Nile, calling Cairo’s plan “inappropriate”. Sileshi Bekele, Ethiopia‘s minister for water, irrigation and energy, said […]

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The Parched Tiger: Will We Soon See Indian Water Refugees Heading for Water-Rich Nations?

Via Vice, commentary on the potential for hundreds of thousands of Indians becoming water refugees: As various reports show India approaching ‘Day Zero’ (the day when a place’s taps dry out and people have to stand in line to collect a daily quota of water), a top Indian expert has warned that Indians may soon become “water […]

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Water Wars Are Here

Via New Republic, an article on how – in a warming world – fights over water usage have become ideological battles: Everyone remembers the scene in Chinatown when Jack Nicholson almost gets his nose sliced off, but many do not recall what the dispute was about. It wasn’t drug smuggling or gun running that got Nicholson’s character slashed. […]

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The Parched Tiger: How Water Scarcity Widened Inequality In Chennai

Via Eco-Business, a report on how water shortages widened economic and gender inequality in Chennai, India’s sixth-largest city: Weary from long hours spent waiting for water, S. Kumari, 54, rests in the shade to escape the searing, relentless heat. An engine roars to life nearby as the tanker that just delivered water to her drought-stricken neighbourhood M.S. […]

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Indus Water Treaty: Pakistan Complaints Over Excess Discharge Of Water From India

Via Eurasia Review, a report on recent Pakistani complaints of excess discharge of water from India: Muammil Hussain Chairman of WAPDA of Pakistan, complained about the unexpected release of water into Sutlej that flows into Pakistan from India as part of an attempt to flout the Indus Water Treaty! In accusing India, he went beyond his […]

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Mekong: When The River Runs Dry

Via The Interpreter, commentary on the impact that both drought and upstream water releases are having on the Mekong River: It has been a bad year for the Mekong. An unusually long period of drought has brought water levels to some of the lowest measurements in recent years. There are fears that the drought will have […]

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