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Archive for January, 2022

Egypt Looks To Groundwater As Talks Deadlock On Ethiopia Dam

Via Al Monitor, a report that Egypt looks to groundwater collection as talks deadlock on Ethiopia dam Egypt’s Irrigation Ministry strives to collect the maximum amount of groundwater by installing “auto-control” devices in more than 15 underground wells. Egyptian Minister of Water and Irrigation Mohamed Abdel Aty said that the ministry developed and increased the efficiency of its machinery […]

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Pakistan’s Growing Water Insecurity

Via The Nation, an article on Pakistan’s growing water insecurity:    Water insecurity is already imposing significant social, environmental, and economic development challenges for Pakistan. In recent years, climate-induced disasters (floods and droughts) have highlighted the urgency to introduce climate-resilient solutions for improved water governance at all levels. In 1980, Pakistan had a relatively abundant supply […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: In Parched Beijing, Claims of a ‘Green’ Olympics May Not Hold Water

Courtesy of The Washington Post, an article on China’s claims of a green Olympics: Barren hillsides broken up by thin strips of white snow are a familiar sight for regular visitors to ski resorts near Beijing. The 2022 Winter Olympics host, which is under 150 miles from the rapidly expanding Gobi Desert, is famous for cold and […]

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How One of South America’s Biggest Dams Became A Bitcoin Battleground

Via Rest of World, a report on how one of South America’s biggest dams became a Bitcoin battleground: After the Covid-19 pandemic reached Paraguay in 2020, Christian Kaatz was working 12-hour days to keep his company, a local internet service provider (ISP), afloat. Looking for something to help him de-stress, he bought a high-powered PC […]

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‘Not Enough Water’: Cambodia’s Farmers Face Changing Climate

Via Al Jazeera, an article on how communities around Southeast Asia’s biggest lake are feeling the effects of drought: During Cambodia’s monsoon season, rice farmer Sam Vongsay’s backyard fills with water and the plastic trash of his houseboat-dwelling neighbours as the Tonle Sap lake grows with floodwaters from the Mekong River. But during the dry […]

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Afghanistan Sends Water To Iran

Via Ariana News, a report on Afghanistan’s recent decision to open the floodgates of Kamal Khan Dam, sending water to Iran: Iranian news outlets have reported that Afghan authorities on Wednesday opened two of the Kamal Khan Dam floodgates after good rainfall in the area. According to IRNA news, the water released from the dam, […]

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