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Is Syria Really A ‘Climate War’?

Via The Conservation, an interesting look at the links between drought, migration and conflict in Syria: The Syrian civil war has raged for more than six years now. You’ve probably heard the following story linking it to climate change: an intense drought, made more likely thanks to global warming, caused “mass migration” within the country from rural to […]

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Water Crisis In Iran May Lead To Future Conflict

Via the Iran News Update, commentary on Iran’s water crisis: An open letter from an organisation dedicated to treating the water crisis in Iran criticising Iranian President Hassan Rouhani for his mishandling of the crisis has been released. The letter, signed by 110 experts, researchers and scientists in the field of water security, warned Rouhani […]

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US Decisions Can Worsen Yemen’s Water Crisis or Alleviate it

Via The Atlantic Council, a report on how – in Yemen – if the US and Saudi backed coalition truly wants to turn the tide of war in their favor, its key concern should be water, not warheads: Yemen is currently facing the region’s most severe water crisis. More than half of the population does […]

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Is Myanmar’s Myitsone Dam Damned?

Via East Asia Forum, an update on the planned Myitsone dam project: On a visit to a camp for internally displaced persons in Kachin State, the words of an interviewee were crystal clear: ‘China is coming to Myanmar for its own profits. When they invest, the Chinese bring their own labour and they discriminate. They […]

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Israel, Palestinian Water Agreement: Glass Half Empty?

Courtesy of STRATFOR (subscription required), a report on a new water agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Territories: Israel and the Palestinian Authority signed a water-sharing agreement under U.S. mediation. Israel agreed to provide 32 million cubic meters (about 8.5 billion gallons) of water annually to the Palestinian territories. Though the agreement is an advancement […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: Groundwater Shortage Calls For Urgent Action

Via China Water Risk, a report on China’s groundwater crisis: Highlights Beijing’s non-capital functions are moving to Xiongan New Area amidst groundwater over-extraction & subsidence With water tariffs at <1/2 of those in the developed world, China needs a more aggressive volumetric pricing strategy Both China’s econ & environ sustainability are at stake China’s decision […]

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