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Iran’s Urmia Lake Water Level Improves

Via The Iran Project, an update on the status of Lake Umria: In the 7th month of the current Iranian calendar year, Mehr, (starting September 23, 2019), water level in Urmia Lake, has increased by 75 centimeters, i.e. two billion cubic meters, compared to the same month in the year before. Last June, the surface […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: How Dams and China’s Might Imperil The Mekong

Courtesy of The New York Times (subscription required), a sobering look at the future of the Mekong River: When the Chinese came to the village of Lat Thahae, perched on a muddy bend of a Mekong River tributary, they scrawled a Chinese character on the walls of homes, schools and Buddhist temples. No one in […]

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Egypt ‘Deadlocked’ In Nile dam Talks With Ethiopia

Via Al Jazeera, a report on Egyptian claims that the Ethiopian delegation ‘rejected all the proposals that take Egypt’s water interests into account’: Egypt has said that talks with Sudan and Ethiopia over the operation of a $4bn hydropower dam that Ethiopia is constructing on the Nile have reached a deadlock. Egypt blamed Ethiopia for the impasse and called for […]

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Faced With Climate Change, Addis Ababa Shores Up Its Water Supply

Via Thompson Reuters Foundation, a report on Addis Ababa’s efforts aimed at pumping storing, cleaning and delivering more groundwater: Every day, Tewdros Belay turns on the tap in his home in the heart of Ethiopia’s capital and expects nothing to happen. The rare times when water does trickle from the spout, it is reason to celebrate. […]

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Can Water Markets Help Iran?

Via The Iran Project, an interesting look at the potential for waters to help quench Iran’s growing thirst: Managing limited resources of water has long been a challenge not only to water users but also policymakers in most countries. Iran is no exception. Geological studies in Iran show that shortages of this vital resource will […]

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Afghanistan: Water Management For Peace

Courtesy of The Lowry Institute, a report on how Afghan efforts to formalize agreements with neighbouring countries over water usage could go a long way towards preventing conflict: In the optimistic view, Afghanistan is closer to peace today than at any time in the past decades. The presidential election last weekend may have been hampered by low turnout, […]

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