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High and Dry: La Paz’s Post Water World

Via Popular Science, a detailed look at La Paz’s water challenges: The early-morning sunshine, sharp and unfiltered in the high Andean altitude, flashes off the Water General’s sunglasses. He poses next to a 2,500-gallon tank that his troops placed behind this market of stalls in La Paz, Bolivia. The women who sell here—short, stout, and dressed […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: China’s Water Footprint

Via China Dialogue, a report on China’s water crisis: One crisp spring morning in Lijiang, Yunnan province, our family walk took us into a seemingly innocuous Chinese park. Pagodas and decorative rocks lined the manicured paths that led to the central point, Black Dragon Pool. But there was no water to be seen. Only barren […]

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Brazil’s Desperate Battle For Water

Via the Daily Mail, a look at Brazil’s desperate battle for water: Brazil’s arid northeast is weathering its worst drought on record and has been rationing water for two years The reservoir is down to 4 per cent of capacity and rainfall is expected to be sparse this year The government says the rerouting of […]

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Mexico City: Parched and Sinking, Faces A Crisis

Courtesy of the New York Times, a report on how climate change is threatening to push Mexico’s crowded capital toward a breaking point: On bad days, you can smell the stench from a mile away, drifting over a nowhere sprawl of highways and office parks. When the Grand Canal was completed, at the end of […]

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The Parched Tiger: India’s Tech Capital Looks For Answers To Water Shortage

Via Eco-Business, an interesting look at an innovative programme seeks to stop the tap from running out on India’s growing tech sector: Bengaluru, a city of 11 million, formerly known as Bangalore, is home to India’s software giants and its startups, as well as multinationals such as Samsung, Oracle and Amazon.?com. The growing tech sector symbolises urban India’s upward […]

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Mekong Fisheries Threatened By Chinese Dams

Via China Dialogue, a look at the impact that Chinese dams are causing on the Mekong: Large dams on the Mekong River in China’s Yunnan province have considerable impacts on downstream river flows. This is shown by new research by myself and colleagues at Aalto University in Finland, and published recently in the Journal of Hydropower. The Mekong […]

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