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Pakistan: Could Face Mass Droughts By 2025

Via The Independent, an article on Pakistan’s water crisis as as water level nears ‘absolute scarcity’: Pakistan could face drought in the near future according to experts in the country, who have warned the country will approach the “absolute scarcity” level of water by 2025. The Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR) made the grim forecast in a […]

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Iranian Response to Growing Water Scarcity Provides a Chance for Regional Leadership

Via Future Directions International, a look at Iran’s water diplomacy with Afghanistan and the region: Iranian history is marred by water related insecurities and conflicts. In recent years, water related issues are at the fore of the concerns of residents and politicians alike. In particular, Iran faces transboundary quarrels with Turkey, Afghanistan and the Kurdish […]

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Boko Haram: Exacerbating and Benefiting From Water Insecurity in the Lake Chad Basin

Via Future Directions International, analysis of the impact of water insecurity on Boko Haram’s growth in the Lake Chad basin area: Key Points The Lake Chad basin suffers from multiple security stressors, including widespread unemployment, poverty and conflict. Rising food and water insecurity exacerbates the tensions that arise from these stressors. Food and water insecurity […]

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The Thirsty Dragon and Parched Tiger: China and India Water ‘Dispute’ After Border Stand-Off

Via the BBC, a report on an emerging dispute between China and India over water: China and India may have defused a potential border conflict but the stand-off seems to have led to dispute over another contentious issue: water. Delhi says it has not received any hydrological – the scientific study of the movement, distribution […]

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U.S. And Mexico Agree To Share A Shrinking Colorado River

Via the High Country News, a report on how the two nations are poised to sign an updated water pact to deal with drought: On a sunny March morning in 2014, dam operators lifted a gate on the Morelos Dam on the Colorado River, at the U.S.-Mexico border. Water gushed toward the river’s dry delta at […]

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Iraq’s Wetlands: Drying Up Again

Via The Economist, an article on how war and dysfunctional politics threaten Iraq’s marshlands: THE recovery of southern Iraq’s marshlands is arguably one of the great environmental triumphs of recent times. Reduced to dust and withered reeds when Saddam Hussein drained them to flush out rebels in the 1990s, the wetlands once again buzz with […]

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