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Archive for February, 2020

Global Water Supply and Demand Trends Point Towards Rising Water Insecurity

Via Future Directions International, a look at global water supply and demand: Key Points Water demand is expected to increase over the next 30 years. It is unlikely that natural supplies will be sufficient to meet that demand in some parts of the world. While most of the world’s water will continue to be used […]

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GERD-lock: Ethiopia Asks U.S. to Postpone Final Talks on Blue Nile Dam

Courtesy of The New York Times, a report on Ethiopia’s request to postpone negotiations on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam: Ethiopia has asked the United States to postpone what was expected to be the final round of talks on the giant Blue Nile hydropower dam, it said on Wednesday, delaying the potential resolution of a […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: China To Help Manage Mekong Amid Warnings of Dam Danger

Via Reuters, a report on China’s efforts to help its downstream neighbors manage drought via Mekong River releases: China on Thursday said it was helping its downstream neighbors cope with a prolonged drought by releasing more water from its dams on the Mekong River, adding it would consider sharing information on hydrology to provide further […]

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Climate Change: Drying Up The Colorado River, Putting Millions at Risk

Via CNN, an article on a new report that states the Colorado River is in ‘grave danger’: The Colorado River — which provides water to more than 40 million people from Denver to Los Angeles — has seen its flow dwindle by 20 percent compared to the last century, and scientists have found that climate change is […]

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Damming the Lower Mekong: A River No Longer Runs Through It

Courtesy of The New York Times, a detailed report on how current and planned dams on the Mekong River are choking a lifeline for 60 million people: The water is so clear on the Mekong River in northeastern Thailand that the sunlight pierces through to the riverbed, transforming the waterway into a glinting, empty aquarium. It […]

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Damming the White Nile

Via Future Directions International, an article on the potential dam being considered on Uganda’s White Nile river:   According to a Reuters report, a Chinese hydropower developer has applied to build the US$1.4 billion ($2.1 billion) Ayago hydropower plant between Lakes Kyoga and Albert on the White Nile in Uganda. Sinohydro, another Chinese construction company, is expected […]

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