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Archive for April, 2021

The Thirsty Dragon and Parched Tiger: China’s Plans for Himalayan Super Dam Stoke Fears In India

Via Terra Daily, another look at the China’s plans for a Himalayan super dam: China is planning a mega dam in Tibet able to produce triple the electricity generated by the Three Gorges — the world’s largest power station — stoking fears among environmentalists and in neighbouring India. The structure will span the Brahmaputra River before […]

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Taiwan’s Drought Worsens

Via Terra Daily,  an article on Taiwan’s imposition of water rationing as its drought worsens: More than one million households and businesses in Taiwan’s heavily industrialised central regions were put on water rationing Tuesday, as the island battles its worst drought in 56 years. The shortage is expected to particularly impact the water-intensive microchip manufacturing sector […]

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Can An Uzbek-Kyrgyz Border Deal Ease Regional Water Woes?

Via Foreign Brief, a look at whether an Uzbek-Kyrgyz border deal can ease regional water tensions: On March 25, the Prime Ministers of Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan signed a treaty that, according to the head of Kyrgyzstan’s security service, fully resolves all remaining bilateral territorial disputes. KEY INSIGHTS – Bilateral border and water-power sharing agreements will help to mitigate […]

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Will Climate Change Dry Up Supply Chains?

Via Zurich Insurance, a look at the concern that droughts could cause some of the world’s most important rivers to become unnavigable leading to the loss of vital inland shipping routes: The Rhine is not only one of Europe’s longest rivers, it is also one of its most important transport conduits. Flowing from its source in […]

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GERD-Lock: Nile Dam Talks Fail, Crisis Escalates

Via Al Monitor, a report on the crisis around GERD: At his Senate confirmation hearing in January, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned that the crisis in Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) could “boil over” in the absence of a diplomatic resolution. It didn’t take long. ‘Last chance’ for diplomacy flops in Kinshasa. Egyptian […]

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The Parched Tiger: India Must Settle the Teesta River Dispute With Bangladesh for Lasting Gains

Via The Diplomat, an article on India’s Teesta River dispute with Bangladesh: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently concluded his visit to Bangladesh after participating in celebrations commemorating the 50th year of Bangladeshi independence and the centenary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman amidst much fanfare. While the visit reaffirmed his long-standing commitment to a ”Neighborhood First” […]

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