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A View of The United States’ Water-Stressed Future

Via Grist.org, a look at a cross-state aquifer spat in the U.S., a view of a water-stressed future: Just ahead of the Great Recession, in 2005, Carolyn Chism Hardy got the news that the Coors brewery where she worked would close for good the next year. Following a merger with Molson, her higher-ups told her, the Memphis, Tennessee, […]

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As Tensions Rise in the Southern Caucasus, Water Shortages Continue

Via Circle of Blue, a report on water tensions in the Southern Caucasus: Tensions are rising again between Armenia and Azerbaijan after an escalation at the border killed at least 16 service members in July. The decades-long conflict has left water supply networks in disrepair and exacerbated water shortages for civilians in both countries. The […]

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Israel / Jordan Water Cooperation

Via Foreign Policy, commentary on how – despite deteriorating relations in recent years – Israel and Jordan should return to a history of cooperation on water resources: The recently announced peace deals between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain stop short of repairing the political damage inflicted on the region and keep the […]

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US Launches Mekong Partnership as Chinese Debt Trap Closes on Laos

Via Future Directions International, a report on a different type of water politics, one which pertains to geopolitical spread of influence: The United States announced a new Mekong-US Partnership at a virtual summit hosted by Vietnam on 11 September. An initial US$153 million ($210 million) will be made available to Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos to […]

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Iraqi Kurdistan Faces Water ‘Catastrophe’ As Iran Cuts Off Rivers

Via Middle East Eye, a report on how Iraq’s Kurdish region is facing a humanitarian crisis due to Iran’s dam projects and water resources diversion: Iraqi Kurdistan has suffered its fair share of water crises over the decades, but experts warn that a catastrophe is now looming large as Iran blocks major water supplies from the […]

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Mexican Water Wars Turn Deadly

Via Yahoo! News, a report on Mexican water related violence: Mexico’s water wars have turned deadly. A long-simmering dispute about shared water rights between Mexico and the United States has erupted into open clashes pitting Mexican National Guard troops against farmers, ranchers and others who seized a dam in northern Chihuahua state. A 35-year-old mother of three […]

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