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Feeding Ourselves Thirsty

Via China Water Risk, a look at Ceres’ latest benchmarking report which finds the food sector has improved in managing water risk, but more is needed: With USD415bn at risk from lack of water for irrigation/livestock & USD248bn at risk from changing rainfall patterns affecting crops, Ceres has assessed the food industry on water risk management […]

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Water Crises Again Ranked a Top Global Risk in World Economic Forum Report

As reported by Circle of Blue, for the first time in the history of the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report, environmental concerns — including water crises, failure to adapt to climate change, and biodiversity loss — dominate the top long-term risks. The report underscores systemic and potentially disruptive geopolitical risks related to the environment, […]

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Water ‘Wars’ Wash Over The World

Via South Africa’s Mail & Guardian, an OpEd examining the impact of global water scarcity: More people around the world are fighting over water, according to the Pacific Institute, a United States-based think tank. But in Africa the rate of the increase in water-related conflicts is proportionally less than it was in previous decades. Data […]

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Water Levels In Iran’s Southern Dams Rising After years

Via The Iran Project, an update on Iran’s water situation: Deluge in the past few days in southern and southeastern Iran has inflicted damages on cities, villages and roads and endangered lives. But at the same time it has helped fill dams that saw little water in years. “There are 30 dams in Sistan-Baluchestan Province, […]

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The Merchants of Thirst

Courtesy of The New York Times, an interesting article on how – in many developing countries – private water tanker operators profit from growing water scarcity: It had been 11 days since a ruptured valve reduced Kupondole district’s pipeline flow to a dribble, and the phones at Pradeep Tamanz’s tanker business wouldn’t stop ringing. A […]

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Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan Deadlocked Over Giant Nile Dam

Via Reuters, a look at the current state of deliberations between Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan over the Grand Renaissance Dam: Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan remained deadlocked after two days of talks in their disputes over a giant hydropower dam on the Nile though Cairo said it hoped the issues would be resolved by Jan. 15 […]

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