Defining the Geopolitics of a Thirsty WorldSM
“Water Wars” are Turning into a Weapon of Mass Destruction

Via The New Eastern Outlook Journal, commentary on the risk that water wars will lead to increased conflict: “Water wars” caused by drought, crop failures, and a shortage of fresh water are as urgent nowadays for the public in many areas as the use of nuclear bombs, chemical weapons, and other weapons of mass destruction. […]

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Who Owns Groundwater In Water-Stressed Pakistan?

Via Third Pole, a look at two laws recently passed in Pakistan that could radically change how water is managed: Pakistan ranks fourth in the world in terms of annual groundwater abstraction – the amount of water taken from an underground source. This puts it in close competition with larger countries such as India, China and the United […]

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How To Solve The Global Water Crisis

Courtesy of Foreign Affairs, commentary on how the real water challenges Are Not technical, but political: Few people would argue with the idea that the world has a serious problem with water. For the past several years, water has consistently been named as a leading risk in the World Economic Forum’s annual survey of global leaders, and newspapers […]

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The Bitter Dispute Over Africa’s Largest Dam

Courtesy of The Economist, a look at Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan’s struggle to share water: For Biruk Negafh, as for millions of Ethiopians, the summer rains may bring the climax of a decade’s work. As a high-school student in 2011 he bought 100-birr bonds (then worth $6 each) to help finance the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: What If Water Shortages Destabilize China?

Via The Economist, an imagined scenario from 2050 in which the painfully unequal distribution of water in China reawakens intra-regional resentments not seen in decades: The deadly heatwave that has gripped Asia for five months has had many unexpected consequences. One of the more surprising has been Chinese political and business leaders feuding, semi-publicly, about […]

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As Ethiopia Prepares to Fill Nile Dam, Egypt Appeals for International Help

Via The Wall Street Journal, an article on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam: Egypt is attempting to raise international pressure on Ethiopia to strike a deal on the use of water from the Nile, which sustains life for tens of millions of people, as Addis Ababa prepares to begin filling a massive hydroelectric dam on a branch […]

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