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Are The Glaciers That Feed Asia’s Great Rivers Disappearing?

Via Outpost Magazine, a look at some of the glaciers feeding the Ganges river: Berinder and Karin are hidden under their loads with only their legs peeking out, pulling them relentlessly onward and upward. Our scattered porter team is a ragged line, coloured bulbs weaving in and out of rocks and ice, disappearing and then […]

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Chile: Privatizing Rivers?

Via The Ecologist, interesting commentary on Chile’s tendency to auction-off rivers for private gain: The Chilean government has continued with the mercantile treatment of common goods, putting several rivers in the Bio Bio Region up for auction, despite ongoing social unrest.  The practice of auctioning off rivers has been legally supported by the 1981 water code. By […]

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Could Pakistan Run Out Of Water?

Via National Interest, a look at Pakistan’s water crisis and whether Pakistani politics will become a fight for resources: When it comes to Pakistan, President Trump’s Twitter feud with one of America’s most important partners in the fight against terrorism has dominated the news. But beneath the headlines, a massive water crisis is unfolding that has profound […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: China’s Water Tower Facing Extreme Stress

Via China Water Risk, a report on the Tarim Basin which is China’s ‘Water Tower’ which is facing ‘extremely high’ water stress: The Tarim Basin is China’s ‘Water Tower’ with 41% of its ice but also >1/3 of it faces ‘extremely high’ water stress It is one of the world’s largest cotton producing regions; tariff hikes […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: China’s First River Law Set To Push Green Transition

Via Silk Road.earth, a report on China’s first river law: China has drafted its first-ever river law for its largest river, the Yangtze. After passing the first-round review at the National People’s Congress, the draft is currently under public consultation until 26 January 2020. This is one of China’s latest actions to tackle resource constraints and […]

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Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan Reach Draft Dam Deal

Via the BBC, an report that Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan have reached an initial deal on the filling and operation of what will be Africa’s biggest hydro-electric dam: Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan have reached an initial deal on the filling and operation of what will be Africa’s biggest hydro-electric dam. The three nations agreed, following a […]

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