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Impact of Hindu Kush and Himalayan “Grand Melt”

Via The Diplomat, a look at the impact that the melting of the Hindu Kush and Himalayan glaciers would have upon the region: In the last century, human migration in South Asia, the world’s most populous and most densely populated region, was largely caused by geopolitics, wars, socioeconomic constraints and environmental disasters. By the end of […]

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Water Dangers In South Asia

Via the Third Pole, a detailed look at how – with glacier retreat, permafrost melt, and extreme rainfall events – the countries of the Hindu Kush Himalayas have to start cooperating far more closely, or pay a huge price: Water in the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region is going through large and dramatic changes, caused […]

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The World’s ‘Third Pole’ Will Lose One-Third of Ice by 2100

Via Yale’s e360, summary of a sobering report on the Himalaya and Hindu Kush mountain ranges: Snow and ice in the Himalayas, near the China–India border. One-third of the ice in the Himalayas and Hindu Kush mountains will be lost due to rising temperatures by the end of the century, even if nations take aggressive […]

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Kabul Faces Water Crisis

Via Space War, a look at Kabul’s water crisis: Standing in his garden in Kabul, Baz Mohammad Kochi oversees the drilling of a new well more than 100 metres deep after his first water reservoir dried up. He is not alone. A shortage of rain and snow, a booming population and wasteful consumption have drained […]

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Afghanistan and Pakistan’s Looming Water Conflict

Courtesy of The Diplomat, an article on how, for Afghanistan, the Kabul River is far more than a tool of coercive diplomacy against Pakistan: From the Mayan Empire to modern-day Syria and Yemen, water insecurity has been a predominant cause of social distress, conflict, and crisis. Studies show that there is a 75 to 95 percent probability […]

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The Potential for Conflict: India, Pakistan and Afghanistan’s New Dam

Via Future Directions International, an interesting article on the potential impact of a new dam in south Asia: Afghanistan is currently experiencing below-average levels of rain and snowfall. The adverse weather conditions, and a rapidly increasing population, have exacerbated the need for Kabul to secure new water infrastructure. In a move that could reduce flows […]

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