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Archive for January, 2020

MENA Water Security

Via SmartWater Magazine, a report on water scarcity in the MENA region: Water crisis, extreme weather events, and failure of climate change adaptation continue to be ranked in the top 10 global risks for business continuity and growth especially for the Middle East and North Africa, the most water scarce region in the world. The Synthesis Report […]

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Water Insecurity in Central Asia: A Steppe on the One Belt, One Road Initiative?

Via Future Directions International, a look at water insecurity in Central Asia: Central Asia is integral to Chinese efforts to increase its global connectivity. Natural resource constraints, including access to water, could undermine its influence in the region. Given the legacy of failed foreign water infrastructure in the region, any Chinese efforts to address water […]

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Water Scarcity and Global Politics: Taking The World To The Precipice

Via the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, commentary on the nexus between water scarcity and global politics: The link between climate change and human security has been on the global security radar for decades. Researchers have long understood how and why the earth’s climate is changing and what these changes mean for human and environmental systems. But the […]

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Nile Negotiations Continue in Washington

Via Future Directions International, an update on the Grand Renaissance Dam negotiations: The Egyptian, Sudanese and Ethiopian water and foreign ministers are meeting in Washington on 28 and 29 January, to finalise a comprehensive agreement on the filling and operation of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). Representatives from the United States and the World […]

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Are The Glaciers That Feed Asia’s Great Rivers Disappearing?

Via Outpost Magazine, a look at some of the glaciers feeding the Ganges river: Berinder and Karin are hidden under their loads with only their legs peeking out, pulling them relentlessly onward and upward. Our scattered porter team is a ragged line, coloured bulbs weaving in and out of rocks and ice, disappearing and then […]

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Chile: Privatizing Rivers?

Via The Ecologist, interesting commentary on Chile’s tendency to auction-off rivers for private gain: The Chilean government has continued with the mercantile treatment of common goods, putting several rivers in the Bio Bio Region up for auction, despite ongoing social unrest.  The practice of auctioning off rivers has been legally supported by the 1981 water code. By […]

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