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Archive for October, 2021

Avoiding Water Bankruptcy: What The U.S. And Iran Can Learn From Each Other

Via WaterOnline, an interesting look at what the U.S. and Iran can learn from one another regarding drought and water bankruptcy: The 2021 water year ends on Sept. 30, and it was another hot, dry year in the western U.S., with almost the entire region in drought. Reservoirs vital for farms, communities and hydropower have fallen to dangerous lows. The […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: Red Flag River and China’s Downstream Neighbors

Via The Diplomat, an article on China’s proposed mega-water transfer project is already sparking fears amongst countries downstream of the impacted rivers: The Red Flag River Water Diversion Project Proposal (Red Flag River) is a new enormous inter-basin water diversion proposal in China. It is not an official project and has not received approval from the Chinese government; however, since […]

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Middle Eastern Water Crisis and Where Various Actors Stand

Via New Eastern Outlook, commentary on MENA’s water crisis: A report by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) highlights the increasingly grave threat posed by the water crisis and drought that endanger the future of millions of Arabs across the Middle East. This crisis is the result of both climate change […]

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Despite a Punishing Drought, San Diego Has Water. It Wasn’t Easy.

Courtesy of the New York Times, a report on San Diego’s drought mitigation measures: In many parts of California, reminders abound that the American West is running out of water. “Bathtub rings” mark the shrinking of the state’s biggest reservoirs to some of their lowest recorded levels. Fields lie fallow, as farmers grapple with an uncertain […]

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Drought-Hit Iraq’s Crop Farmland To Be Halved

Via Terra Daily, a report on Iraq’s drought impact upon farming: Extreme water shortages in Iraq will halve the area of crops being grown next harvest, the authorities said Monday, following UN warnings calling for “urgent” action. Iraq’s government said the area of farmland with crops would this 2021-2022 season cover “50 percent of the […]

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Egypt Seeking Brazil’s Support In Nile Dam Dispute

Via Al Monitor, a look at Egypt’s outreach for Brazil’s support in Nile dam dispute after Brazil’s election as a nonpermanent member of the UN Security Council: Egypt is trying to win Brazil’s support in the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) crisis by capitalizing on Brazil’s accession in June to the nonpermanent membership of the United Nations […]

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