Defining the Geopolitics of a Thirsty WorldSM
The Parched Tiger: India’s Catastrophic Drought

Via Third Pole, a sobering report that on the severity of India’s drought: On June 5, it drizzled for about ten minutes over most of Marathwada in India’s western state of Maharashtra. That made headlines in the local media, because it was the first time since August 17, 2018, that anyone had seen a drop […]

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The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam: Power for Ethiopia, Disaster for Egypt?

Via Future Directions International, an article on the Grand Renaissance Dam: Key Points The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) is an integral part of the Ethiopian economic and political development strategy. It is hoped that it will provide much needed electricity for industrial development and give the country greater control over the flow of the […]

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How Climate Change Can Fuel Wars

Courtesy of The Economist, commentary on the fact that droughts are already making conflict more likely and – as the world gets hotter – mayhem could spread: On the outskirts of Baga Sola, a small town in Chad not far from the border with Nigeria, is a refugee camp called Dar es Salaam. The name […]

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Shrinking Glaciers In Indus Basin

Via Geopolitical Monitor, a look at complexities arising from shrinking glaciers on the Indus headwaters: SUMMARY Many of the world’s most iconic river systems – the Mekong, Indus, Yangtze – are fed by glaciers that both supply and modulate their water flow. Now these glaciers are melting due to climate change, threatening irrigation systems, electricity […]

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Manila: Trickling Into Water Crisis

Via EcoBusiness, a report on how – as drought grips the Philippines – Manila is becoming the latest big city to struggle to access enough water: On Block 37, the city water supply starts flowing around 7 am. Two or three hours later, it stops. Evelyn Angeles and her partner make what they can of the […]

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Impact of Hindu Kush and Himalayan “Grand Melt”

Via The Diplomat, a look at the impact that the melting of the Hindu Kush and Himalayan glaciers would have upon the region: In the last century, human migration in South Asia, the world’s most populous and most densely populated region, was largely caused by geopolitics, wars, socioeconomic constraints and environmental disasters. By the end of […]

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