Defining the Geopolitics of a Thirsty WorldSM
The World’s ‘Third Pole’ Will Lose One-Third of Ice by 2100

Via Yale’s e360, summary of a sobering report on the Himalaya and Hindu Kush mountain ranges: Snow and ice in the Himalayas, near the China–India border. One-third of the ice in the Himalayas and Hindu Kush mountains will be lost due to rising temperatures by the end of the century, even if nations take aggressive […]

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The Indus: A River Of Growing Disasters

Via Third Pole.net, a look at a new report on the threats that glacier retreat will pose to the Indus basin, particularly vulnerable due to a combination of conflict and mismanaged development: Extent and impact of flood disasters in river basins originating in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region from 2010-14 The International Centre for Integrated Mountain […]

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Drought and Over-pumping Causing Tehran To Sink

Via Green Prophet, a report on growing incidence of sinkholes in Tehran: Thanks to drought and over-pumping underground water reserves in the western region of Tehran, Iran’s capital city, fissures also known as sinkholes are opening up, causing Iran’s major city and capital city to sink. The sinkholes threaten people’s homes and the local infrastructure. […]

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Images Of A Thirsty World

Via Quartz, some striking images of our thirsty world: Predictions of catastrophic water shortages may seem like apocalyptic visions of the future, but water crises are indeed a fact of modern life already. Natural factors like drought have left some reservoirs depleted, while siphoning of historical water sources have transformed freshwater bodies into dusty shadows […]

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Water Resources in Pakistan: Scarce, Polluted and Poorly Governed

Via Future Directions International, an article on Pakistan’s water challenges: Pakistan continues to experience acute water scarcity, largely driven by drought and intensive agriculture. Water is severely polluted by human, agricultural and industrial waste. There are few effective channels to mitigate the water crisis. Current laws do not reflect the poor state of Pakistani water […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: Despite National Improvements, Water Quality Deteriorates in North-East China

Via Future Directions International, a report on China’s other water related issue – pollution: Water pollution is a major environmental issue in China and is a leading cause of “mass incidents”, as public protests are called in China. In 2014, more than half of the water tested from 4,778 sources was unfit for human consumption. […]

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