Defining the Geopolitics of a Thirsty WorldSM
Iran: Impact of Decades of Unsustainable Water Use

Via The Conversation, a look at the impact that decades of unsustainable water use has had in Iran: Salt storms are an emerging threat for millions of people in north-western Iran, thanks to the catastrophe of Lake Urmia. Once one of the world’s largest salt lakes, and still the country’s largest lake, Urmia is now barely […]

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Azerbaijan Villagers Plead For Water As Vital River Dries Up

Via Terra Daily, a report on Azerbaijan’s water stress: The village of Banka in Azerbaijan should have plentiful supplies of water as it lies beside one of the country’s mightiest rivers, the Kura. But the river has shallowed dramatically this summer and has become contaminated with salty seawater, in what experts warn is an unfolding […]

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The Parched Tiger: Mumbai Water Supply Levels Decline for a Third Year

Via Future Directions International, a report on Mumbai’s water challenge: Mumbai, a city of 20 million on the west coast of India, often experiences considerable water supply challenges, especially in the month before the start of the annual monsoon. At the end of June 2019, the city’s water supply was barely enough to meet demand for […]

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Russia’s Quick Fixes Won’t Solve Crimea’s Water Woes

Courtesy of STRATFOR (subscription required), analysis of Crimea’s current drought, which has been made worse by the fact that it’s the first Crimea has experienced since losing access to crucial Ukrainian water reserves in 2014: Russia’s ongoing efforts to stretch Crimea’s dwindling water supplies will only slightly delay the need to permanently fix the region’s insufficient water […]

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The Blue Nile: River of the Dammed

Via Foreign Policy, a look at how geopolitics, water security, and health will keep the dispute over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam alive for some time in the future: This month, Ethiopia completed the initial filling of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, a nearly $5 billion hydroelectricity project on the Blue Nile River. With 4.9 […]

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Transboundary Waters of Central Asia: the Role of Kyrgyzstan in Saving the Aral Sea

Via the Central Asian Bureau for Analytical Reporting, a look at how Kyrgyzstan’s views on how to manage the water resources formed on its territory are at variance with the provisions determined by the Aral Sea Saving Fund: From the beginning of its independence, Kyrgyzstan begins to formulate a policy for the management of water resources […]

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