Defining the Geopolitics of a Thirsty WorldSM
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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Global Freshwater Supplies Threatened by Overuse

Via Future Directions International, a sobering look at global freshwater supplies: As global demand for food and water grows, there is increasing pressure on the world’s freshwater supplies. Climate change is responsible for some surface water loss, as weather patterns become hotter and dryer in some regions, prolonging droughts and accelerating evaporation. Although climate change has […]

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Water Protests in Algeria Are Giving Cause for Concern about its Long-Term Stability

Via Future Directions International, a report on Algeria’s water stress: As Algerians continue to protest about the country’s government, following Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s resignation, demonstrations have also broken out in eastern Algeria, where protesters have demanded better access to drinking water. The protests occurred in Hammamet, near the town of Tebessa, where tensions have continued to rise since the […]

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Worsening Drought and Conflict Loom in Southeast Asia

Courtesy of Circle of Blue, a look at worsening drought in southeast Asia: More than 66 million Southeast Asians had their lives disrupted by drought in the past three decades. Dry conditions aggravated poverty and inequality, and inflamed regional conflicts. Unless governments take decisive action soon, the future could be worse, a new report warns. […]

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Rapid Urbanization Increasing Pressure On Rural Water Supplies Globally

Via Phys.org, an article on a new report examining the increasing competition between cities and agriculture for water: An international team of researchers has carried out the first systematic global review of water reallocation from rural to urban regions—the practice of transferring water from rural areas to cities to meet demand from growing urban populations. They […]

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The Third Pole Is Melting

Courtesy of The Diplomat, an article on the impact of rapidly retreating Tibetan glaciers: The Tibetan plateau, which holds the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) ice sheet, is known as the world’s “Third Pole.” It holds the largest number of glaciers and snow after the Arctic and Antarctic. The Tibetan plateau has more than 46,000 glaciers, […]

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