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River of The Dammed

Via Foreign Policy, an article on how Ethiopia’s continued efforts to dam the Nile could end in war with Egypt and how such an outcome may be stopped: In October, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed won the Nobel Peace Prize for his work in starting peace negotiations with Eritrea. But his country is still in the […]

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The Growing Threat of Water Wars

Via Project Syndicate, commentary on the growing tensions around water supply and scarcity worldwide: The dangers of environmental pollution receive a lot of attention nowadays, particularly in the developing world, and with good reason. Air quality indices are dismal and worsening in many places, with India, in particular, facing an acute public-health emergency. But as serious as […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: Southern China Experiences Another Severe Drought

Via Future Directions International, a report on another drought in China: Water is described as China’s Achilles heel. It is ‘the most long-term and fundamental of China’s vulnerabilities … China has failed to secure a sufficient amount and quality of water for its citizens, leading to an “absolute scarcity” of the resource’. The drier than normal […]

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The American West’s Water Shortage Is Fueled by Human Error

Via Outside Magazine, commentary on how the inability of western states to track water usage is exacerbating the region’s drought crisis: Back in 2013, Zach Frankel, executive director of the Utah Rivers Council, an environmental advocacy group, asked Utah’s Division of Water Resources (DWR) for the data used to create a landmark study of the state’s […]

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Nile Basin Water Wars: One Step Closer to an Agreement?

Via Geopolitical Monitor, a report on negotiations between Ethiopia, Egypt, and Sudan on Nile waters: Earlier last month during the Sochi Summit, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi agreed to resume talks surrounding the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD); a project that has increased tensions and hostilities between Egypt, Ethiopia, and […]

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Egypt’s Water Crisis

Via the World Economic Forum, a report on the impending Nile water crisis, particularly as it impacts Egypt: Ahmed Abd-Rabo used to get all the water he needed to feed his crops 50 km (30 miles) from Egypt’s River Nile. Then supplies in the canal linking his seven acres to the river dwindled as other […]

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