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Archive for September, 2021

Egypt’s Choices Narrow On Nile Dam Crisis

Via Al Monitor, an article on how Egypt is working on avoiding any military conflict regarding the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam as it explores available options for the next stage: In an interview with Bloomberg television on Sept. 8, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said Egypt is committed to talks on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) […]

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Dam Battles Converge on Cambodia’s 3S Rivers

Via Circle of Blue, an article on tensions between fishermen and dam operators in northeastern Cambodia: For decades, Nov Lun and his fellow fishermen harvested the rich bounty of the Sesan River in northeastern Cambodia. Then, three years ago, a giant hydroelectric power plant opened upstream from his village of Kumpun. Irregular water releases from […]

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Depleted by Drought, Lakes Powell and Mead Were Doomed From The Beginning

Via The Washington Post, a report on the history of the Colorado River Basin system, how it was designed and the impacts of climate change shed light on why it was destined to fail: For the first time, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation issued a water shortage for Lake Mead starting in 2022. Located between southern Nevada and […]

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The Colorado River: Hung Out to Dry?

Via Slate, commentary on the crisis affecting the Colorado River: On Aug. 16, the Bureau of Reclamation, a federal agency that is part of the Interior Department, held a press conference announcing that for the first time in the 99 years of governmental record-keeping, it was declaring a water shortage on the Colorado River. Starting […]

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Western US Faces Future Of Prolonged Drought

Via Terra Daily, an article on the US West’s dry future: Seasonal summer rains have done little to offset drought conditions gripping the western United States, with California and Nevada seeing record July heat and moderate-to-exceptional drought according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Now, new research is showing how drought in the […]

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The Parched Tiger: Over 90% of India’s Districts Face Arid Conditions

Via Down to Earth, a report on India’s drought crisis: As many as 673 out of India’s 733 districts face arid conditions now, a sharp rise from 638 a week ago, according to data from the India Meteorological Department (IMD). Overall, despite ‘normal’ rains, almost 90 per cent of the country remains drier than usual even […]

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