Defining the Geopolitics of a Thirsty WorldSM
Historic Drought Threatens Brazil’s Economy

Via Phys.org, a report on Brazil’s drought: The worst drought in nearly a century to hit two key regions in Brazil is wreaking havoc on hydroelectric dams and crops—and threatening the nascent pandemic recovery of Latin America’s biggest economy. Months of sparse rain have shrunk rivers, left their banks cracked and parched, and reduced normally […]

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As a Hot, Dry Summer Begins in California, More Water Wells Are Failing

Courtesy of Circle of Blue, an article on California’s drought: On Memorial Day, while many Californians were celebrating the unofficial start to summer, the owners of the home off of County Road 200 were contemplating a loss. That day, the homeowners in northern Glenn County submitted an anonymous report to a state database indicating that their drinking […]

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UN: Drought Is ‘The Next Pandemic’

Via The Guardian, a report that the UN has declared drought as the next global crisis: Drought is a hidden global crisis that risks becoming “the next pandemic” if countries do not take urgent action on water and land management and tackling the climate emergency, the UN has said. At least 1.5 billion people have been directly […]

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Iran: Facing Water ‘Bankruptcy’

Via Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences, a report on Iran’s depleted aquifers: Iran is facing a state of water bankruptcy that threatens its socioeconomic development and natural environments. Using an exceptionally rich measured groundwater dataset, we illustrate the extent and severity of Iran’s groundwater depletion and salinization problems during the 2002 to 2015 period, […]

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Drought Exacerbating Central Asian Regional Conflicts

Via Window on Eurasia, commentary on how drought is exacerbating Central Asian conflicts: The drought in Central Asia means that the flow of the Amudarya River is currently 24.5 percent lower than in 2019 and 16.4 percent lower than it was last year when the region began suffering a drought. There is thus less water […]

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2B People To Face Water Shortages As Ice On The World’s Highest Mountains Melts

As reported by UNDP, two billion people will face water shortages as ice on the Tibetan plateau melts: Asia’s Hindu Kush-Himalayan mountain ranges could lose up to two thirds of its ice by 2100, causing water and food shortages for over two billion people in the downstream river basins of South and East Asia, according […]

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