Defining the Geopolitics of a Thirsty WorldSM
Damming the Lower Mekong: A River No Longer Runs Through It

Courtesy of The New York Times, a detailed report on how current and planned dams on the Mekong River are choking a lifeline for 60 million people: The water is so clear on the Mekong River in northeastern Thailand that the sunlight pierces through to the riverbed, transforming the waterway into a glinting, empty aquarium. It […]

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Damming the White Nile

Via Future Directions International, an article on the potential dam being considered on Uganda’s White Nile river:   According to a Reuters report, a Chinese hydropower developer has applied to build the US$1.4 billion ($2.1 billion) Ayago hydropower plant between Lakes Kyoga and Albert on the White Nile in Uganda. Sinohydro, another Chinese construction company, is expected […]

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The Nile River Dispute From Ethiopia’s Perspective

Via Geopolitical Futures, a look at the Nile River dispute from Ethiopia’s perspective: The Nile River and its tributaries have served as a lifeline for human civilization in the Nile River basin for centuries. Today, more than 300 million people from Burundi, Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda rely […]

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Pakistan: New Water Conservation Projects Announced

Via Pakistan’s Frontier Post, a report on some new water conservation projects planned in Pakistan: Parliamentary Secretary for Water Resources told National Assembly that government has priortised the construction of big storage dams to overcome the water shortages. He assured the house that construction work on Mohanand Dam on the River Sawat is in progress […]

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As Groundwater Depletes, Arid American West Is Moving East

Via EurekAlert, an article on a new model predicting that loss of groundwater may accelerate drying trends in the eastern US: Even under modest climate warming scenarios, the continental United States faces a significant loss of groundwater – about 119 million cubic meters, or roughly enough to fill Lake Powell four times or one quarter […]

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Climate Change Impacts Afghanistan’s Prospects For Peace

Via National Geographic, a look at the impact that drought and climate change are having upon Afghanistan: As dry months turned to parched years, Fatemeh watched the crops in her northwestern Afghan province of Badghis wither and her cattle die of thirst. Hunger turned to desperation, and eighteen months ago, her farming family begged a […]

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