Defining the Geopolitics of a Thirsty WorldSM
Global River Flows Declining

Via Bloomberg, a report on how groundwater pumping in some of the world’s critical watersheds is exceeding safe levels and causing surface waters to fall at an alarming rate: Another slow-motion, man-made environmental disaster has been discovered, and it’s underneath your feet. About 70% of the water pumped out of underground aquifers worldwide is used […]

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Great Lakes’ Biggest Worries Much Closer To Home Than Arid Southwest

Via Chicago Business, a look at how thirsty businesses and unsustainable groundwater use by agriculture pose the biggest threats to the Midwest’s water supply: A few years ago, a Michigan billboard—reading “Back off suckers: Water diversion . . . the last straw”—showed caricatures of Southwestern states with giant straws going into the Great Lakes. Is […]

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Beyond Seasonable Drought: Precipitation Paucity Pushes Panama Towards A Precipice

Via The Economist, a look at how climate change threatens the Panama Canal: Take in the view from atop Gatun dam and fathom what is missing. Container ships float idly on Lake Gatun, near the midpoint of the Panama Canal, awaiting passage to the Caribbean sea, their gateway to the Atlantic Ocean. What look like […]

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The ‘Third Pole’: Very High and Drying

Via AirMail, a report on the issues of climate change on Asia’s water tower in the Himalaya: Many moons ago in Tibet, the Second Buddha transformed a fierce nyen (a malevolent mountain demon) into a neri (the holiest protective warrior god) called Khawa Karpo, who took up residence in the sacred mountain bearing his name. Khawa Karpo is the […]

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Pakistan’s Groundwater

Via Third Pole, a look at the more than 400 million acre feet of existing fresh water storage that exists in Pakistan’s riverine aquifers, and may be the key to managing the country’s water security: The groundwater system underneath Pakistan’s flowing rivers in the Indus plains has at least 400 million acre feet (MAF) of […]

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With Rising Temperatures, Stark Changes Ahead for Asia’s Water Tower

Courtesy of Circle of Blue, a report on how the melting of the Hindu Kush Himalaya region will alter water supplies for a quarter of the planet’s people: New analysis shows that the eight-country region will warm faster than the rest of the world in the coming decades At least one-third of the glacial ice will […]

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