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Archive for February, 2020

The Nile River Dispute From Ethiopia’s Perspective

Via Geopolitical Futures, a look at the Nile River dispute from Ethiopia’s perspective: The Nile River and its tributaries have served as a lifeline for human civilization in the Nile River basin for centuries. Today, more than 300 million people from Burundi, Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda rely […]

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Pakistan: New Water Conservation Projects Announced

Via Pakistan’s Frontier Post, a report on some new water conservation projects planned in Pakistan: Parliamentary Secretary for Water Resources told National Assembly that government has priortised the construction of big storage dams to overcome the water shortages. He assured the house that construction work on Mohanand Dam on the River Sawat is in progress […]

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As Groundwater Depletes, Arid American West Is Moving East

Via EurekAlert, an article on a new model predicting that loss of groundwater may accelerate drying trends in the eastern US: Even under modest climate warming scenarios, the continental United States faces a significant loss of groundwater – about 119 million cubic meters, or roughly enough to fill Lake Powell four times or one quarter […]

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Climate Change Impacts Afghanistan’s Prospects For Peace

Via National Geographic, a look at the impact that drought and climate change are having upon Afghanistan: As dry months turned to parched years, Fatemeh watched the crops in her northwestern Afghan province of Badghis wither and her cattle die of thirst. Hunger turned to desperation, and eighteen months ago, her farming family begged a […]

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Egypt Has Controlled the Nile For Thousands Of Years, But A New Dam Threatens That

Courtesy of The New York Times, a detailed look at how Ethiopia is staking its hopes on its $4.5 billion hydroelectric dam which Egypt fears it will cut into its water supplies: The Egyptian farmer stood in his dust-blown field, lamenting his fortune. A few years ago, wheat and tomato-filled greenhouses carpeted the land. Now the […]

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The Parched Tiger: Women Bear Biggest Burden of India’s Water Crisis

Via IDR, a look at how – in India – women are not just integral to addressing the country’s water challenges, they are probably the only ones who can do it at scale: Across cities and villages in India, an impending water crisis is at our doorsteps. India will face a water shortfall of almost 50 […]

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