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The Thirsty Dragon and Parched Tiger: China’s Plans for Himalayan Super Dam Stoke Fears In India

Via Terra Daily, another look at the China’s plans for a Himalayan super dam: China is planning a mega dam in Tibet able to produce triple the electricity generated by the Three Gorges — the world’s largest power station — stoking fears among environmentalists and in neighbouring India. The structure will span the Brahmaputra River before […]

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Can An Uzbek-Kyrgyz Border Deal Ease Regional Water Woes?

Via Foreign Brief, a look at whether an Uzbek-Kyrgyz border deal can ease regional water tensions: On March 25, the Prime Ministers of Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan signed a treaty that, according to the head of Kyrgyzstan’s security service, fully resolves all remaining bilateral territorial disputes. KEY INSIGHTS – Bilateral border and water-power sharing agreements will help to mitigate […]

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GERD-Lock: Nile Dam Talks Fail, Crisis Escalates

Via Al Monitor, a report on the crisis around GERD: At his Senate confirmation hearing in January, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned that the crisis in Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) could “boil over” in the absence of a diplomatic resolution. It didn’t take long. ‘Last chance’ for diplomacy flops in Kinshasa. Egyptian […]

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The Parched Tiger: India Must Settle the Teesta River Dispute With Bangladesh for Lasting Gains

Via The Diplomat, an article on India’s Teesta River dispute with Bangladesh: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently concluded his visit to Bangladesh after participating in celebrations commemorating the 50th year of Bangladeshi independence and the centenary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman amidst much fanfare. While the visit reaffirmed his long-standing commitment to a ”Neighborhood First” […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: Chinese Threat to Lake Balkhash Fueling Anti-Chinese Feelings in Kazakhstan

Via The Jamestown Foundation’s Eurasia Daily Monitor, a look at how China’s blockage of the Ili River is threatening Lake Balkhash: Kazakhstan’s Lake Balkhash, the 15th largest freshwater lake in the world, may follow the Aral Sea into extinction, Russian researcher Petr Bologov warned six years ago. Not only is the lake threatened by excessive water […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: China’s Cloud Seeding Is No Silver Lining

Via The Economist, a look at China’s efforts to solve its water shortages via cloud seeding: In early March, a small aeroplane being used by a local weather bureau crashed in a village in the southern province of Jiangxi. All five people on board were killed and one person on the ground was injured. Footage […]

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