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Archive for January, 2021

Impact Of Urban Water Security On India’s Future

Via China Water Risk, a report on how to reduce water stress in 6 Indian cities (Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, Surat, Chennai & Kolkata) which face different aspects of water stress: The future of India, where it is projected that >50% population will live in urban centres by 2030, will depend on the resilience of cities to […]

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The Ongoing Collapse of the World’s Aquifers

Via Wired, a report on how – when humans over-exploit underground water supplies – the ground collapses like a huge empty water bottle. It’s called subsidence, and it could affect 1.6 billion people by 2040: AS CALIFORNIA’S ECONOMY skyrocketed during the 20th century, its land headed in the opposite direction. A booming agricultural industry in the […]

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China: At The Heart of Rising Nile River Conflict

Via Asia Times, a report on the China-financed Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam which is Africa’s largest and most divisive development project: The Chinese-financed Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), despite a recent breakdown in talks on Africa’s largest development project, risks powering up a range of downstream tensions and rivalries. These run from rising rivalry between Egypt […]

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New Zealand: Some Cities Could Face Water Shortages This Summer

Via The Conversation, an article on how some New Zealand cities may face water shortages this summer: After eight months of drought rules, Auckland finally relaxed water restrictions last week, but as New Zealand heads into another La Niña summer, other cities can expect serious water shortages both now and in the future. Although this summer’s projected rainfall […]

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Rapidly Disappearing Tuni Glacier Raises Concerns for Bolivian Water Scarcity

Via Circle of Blue, a detailed look at Bolivia’s shrinking Tuni glacier and its impacgt on La Paz’s water security: The Tuni glacier, a formerly vast piece of ice that rises over the Bolivian capital of La Paz as a critical water source, is disappearing faster than predicted, reported Reuters earlier this month. The resulting melt will […]

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Mountain Water Supply to Two Billion People Could Change

Courtesy of Scientific American (subscription required), a detailed look at how data about Earth’s 78 most important mountaintops foretell changes in the amount and timing of snowmelt: The nights are long inside a tent 5,300 meters above sea level at the snout of Nepal’s Yala Glacier. At 8:00 P.M., after a meal of Nepali dal bhat (lentils […]

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