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Rapidly Disappearing Tuni Glacier Raises Concerns for Bolivian Water Scarcity

Via Circle of Blue, a detailed look at Bolivia’s shrinking Tuni glacier and its impacgt on La Paz’s water security: The Tuni glacier, a formerly vast piece of ice that rises over the Bolivian capital of La Paz as a critical water source, is disappearing faster than predicted, reported Reuters earlier this month. The resulting melt will […]

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Mountain Water Supply to Two Billion People Could Change

Courtesy of Scientific American (subscription required), a detailed look at how data about Earth’s 78 most important mountaintops foretell changes in the amount and timing of snowmelt: The nights are long inside a tent 5,300 meters above sea level at the snout of Nepal’s Yala Glacier. At 8:00 P.M., after a meal of Nepali dal bhat (lentils […]

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Water Inequalities in Egypt: Issues Beyond GERD

Via African Arguments, commentary on water inequality in Egypt: The long negotiations between Egypt, Sudan, and Ethiopia on the terms under which the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) will be filled and operated have shown little sign so far of agreement. Egyptian official discourse warned that the GERD could impact the country stressing that Egypt […]

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In the Face of Criticism, Laos Pushes Ahead With Four Mekong Dams

Via The Diplomat, a report on Laos’ plan to push ahead with four Mekong dams but whose costs and competition could leave the putative “battery of Southeast Asia” running on empty: As a struggling least developed country, Laos stands alone when it comes to ignoring common sense and pushing ahead with infrastructure development that it can […]

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Two-Thirds of Earth On Pace To Lose Water As Climate Warms

Via The Conversation, an article on how two-thirds of Earth’s land is on pace to lose water as the climate warms The world watched with a sense of dread in 2018 as Cape Town, South Africa, counted down the days until the city would run out of water. The region’s surface reservoirs were going dry amid […]

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Turkish Drought: Istanbul Risks Running Out of Water In 45 Days

Via The Guardian, a report on how water is at critically low levels across Turkey after lack of rainfall, leading to the most severe drought in a decade: Major cities across Turkey face running out of water in the next few months , with warnings Istanbul has less than 45 days of water left. Poor rainfall has […]

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