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Rapid Urbanization Increasing Pressure On Rural Water Supplies Globally

Via, an article on a new report examining the increasing competition between cities and agriculture for water: An international team of researchers has carried out the first systematic global review of water reallocation from rural to urban regions—the practice of transferring water from rural areas to cities to meet demand from growing urban populations. They […]

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The Third Pole Is Melting

Courtesy of The Diplomat, an article on the impact of rapidly retreating Tibetan glaciers: The Tibetan plateau, which holds the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) ice sheet, is known as the world’s “Third Pole.” It holds the largest number of glaciers and snow after the Arctic and Antarctic. The Tibetan plateau has more than 46,000 glaciers, […]

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Manila’s Water Shortage

Via Future Directions International, a report on Manila’s water challenges: The recent water shortage in the Philippines caused massive interruptions in the daily lives of some sections of the population. The effects of the shortage are most apparent in Manila, the capital and heartland of the Philippines. The shortage seems to have begun in early […]

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Dhaka ‘should not use groundwater for the next 15/20 years’

Via The Daily Star, a look at Dhaka’s groundwater crisis: The depletion of groundwater table in Dhaka has made water crisis in the city acute, especially during the dry season. What are the reasons behind this? We have conducted many research studies in the last 15/20 years and have found that Dhaka’s groundwater table has […]

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The Parched Tiger: The National River Interlinking Scheme – A Solution to India’s Water Challenges?

Via Future Directions International, an article on India’s National River Interlinking Scheme: Key Points India has a long history of designing, but rarely implementing, grand infrastructure projects that aim to move water from high rainfall areas to arid regions. While the current BJP government supports those grand infrastructure projects, most remain in the planning stage […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: China’s Water Sharing Treaties

Courtesy of China Water Risk, a report on China’s water sharing protocol: China is in a hydrologically important position in Asia, sharing >40 surface waters & >20 aquifers with 17 neighbours; but its reputation on transboundary waters faces significant misunderstanding Despite voting against the UN Convention on Non-navigational Uses of International Watercourses, China is party […]

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