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The Parched Tiger: Groundwater Plummets in Delhi, City of 29 Million

Courtesy of Circle of Blue, a report on Delhi’s water crisis where experts warn the city could reach “zero groundwater levels” by 2020: Delhi is running short — maybe even out — of groundwater. A harrowing report in June from NITI Aayog, a government-chartered think tank, warned that Delhi, along with 20 other Indian cities, could reach […]

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Kabul Faces Water Crisis

Via Space War, a look at Kabul’s water crisis: Standing in his garden in Kabul, Baz Mohammad Kochi oversees the drilling of a new well more than 100 metres deep after his first water reservoir dried up. He is not alone. A shortage of rain and snow, a booming population and wasteful consumption have drained […]

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Water Conflicts That Could Boil Over In 2019

Courtesy of Circle of Blue, a look at some simmering water crises that could boil over in 2019: In 2018, water sparked quarrels across the globe, from the mountains of Central Asia to the world’s driest desert. Water systems were also a casualty and target of conflict. In Eastern Ukraine, water infrastructure was shelled repeatedly. In Libya, a desalination […]

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Pakistan: Water Theft Drains Indus Canals Dry

Courtesy of The Third Pole, a report on how rampant theft from Pakistan’s irrigation canals, in collusion with influential politicians and the military, means farmers downstream can no longer grow crops: Bilal Israel Khan has 500 acres of land in Sadiqabad, Rahim Yar Khan district of Pakistan’s Punjab province bordering Sindh. Farming since 1972, he […]

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Iranian Lawmakers Fight Over Water Share

Via Al Monitor, an article on Iran’s water crisis: Eighteen lawmakers representing constituencies from the central Iranian province of Esfahan, where water scarcity has reached an alarming state, have resigned collectively in a symbolic move against what they believe is an unfair distribution of water resources. In response, their counterparts from three other provinces, which share the […]

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Philippines: Deforestation, Dying Rivers Leading To Water Wars

Via The Eurasia Review, commentary on water scarcity in the Philippines: An eerie calm exists over the villages of Fedelisan, Sagada and Dalican of Bontoc of Mountain Province, Philippines. It is because, there is no telling how many killings will again turn the pristine waters red. Not too long ago, ten people died and scores […]

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