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Archive for March, 2020

Philippines: Water Crisis Hotspot

Via Eurasia, a report on the Philippines’ water crisis: The Philippines, despite being surrounded by water, is likely to face shortages of water for drinking, sanitation, agriculture, and industry within the next ten years unless stronger management and conservation efforts are initiated. The situation will impact dire consequences on the population, the economy, and the […]

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The Parched Tiger: How Did India Arrive At It Worst Water Crisis Ever?

Via IDR online, a list of the reasons why India is experiencing its worst ever water crisis: What underlies India’s insatiable thirst for water? 1. India has a serious water problem The 2030 Water Resources Group estimates that if we continue to consume water as per the current rate, India will have only half the water […]

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Egypt Steps Up Diplomatic Action In Nile Dam Dispute

Via Al Monitor, an update on the Nile dam dispute: As part of extensive diplomatic actions to shore up support for Egypt in the Nile dam dispute, Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry has toured seven Arab capitals — Amman, Muscat, Baghdad, Riyadh, Abu Dhabi, Kuwait City and Manama — since March 7. He also went on a European tour that included Belgium […]

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Cambodia Scraps Plans for Mekong Hydropower Dams

Via The Guardian, a report on Cambodia’s decision to scraps plans for Mekong hydropower dams: A Cambodian government decision to postpone building new hydropower dams on the Mekong river has been welcomed by campaigners, who say it will provide welcome relief to the tens of thousands of people whose livelihood depend upon its rich resources. Cambodia announced […]

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Water Theft A Growing Concern In Increasingly-Dry Spain

Via Terra Daily, an article on the growing incidence of water theft in Spain: Inside her greenhouse, Emilia Gomez bends down to see how her strawberries are faring following a difficult season with barely any water after her farm’s illegal well was shut down. Digging an illegal well to irrigate crops is a widespread practice […]

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Thailand’s Water Shortage and Inequality Crisis

Via East Asia Forum, commentary on Thailand’s water scarcity challenges: Shortages of water are a huge problem for Thailand. The government’s attempts to promote industrial investment in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) — Chon Buri, Rayong and Chachoengsao — has caused water demand in the region to rise drastically. This has diverted water away from farmers […]

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