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The Thirsty Dragon: China’s Hydropower Plan On The Brahmaputra

Via The Diplomat, a report on China’s hydropower plan on the Brahmaputra: In March of this year, China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) approved the country’s 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-2025) for national economic and social development, as well as its long-range objectives through to the year 2035. While the elevation of renewable energy to an even more prominent position in China’s 14th […]

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US, China Dueling For Power On The Mekong

Via The Asia Times, a report on how the countries sharing the Lancang-Mekong River are entering a new era of hydropolitics, involving programs on both economic and water resource development, and hydro-diplomacy via China’s dam-engineered control of the headwaters of the Mekong: When China announced in early August a new US$6 million for new development […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: Semiconductors and Water Scarcity in China

Via The Diplomat, a look the nexus between semiconductors and water scarcity in China: Everyone knows it’s a bad idea to spill water on a cell phone, but did you know that it takes more than 3,000 gallons of water to produce one? Water is needed for mining the metal, making the glue and plastic for assembly […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: Managing China’s Thousands Of Dams In An Era of Climate Change

Via Quartz, an article on China’s challenge of managing thousands of dams in an era of climate change: The Yangtze river’s periodic flooding was one of the reasons China built the Three Gorges dam, the largest addition to the country’s network of tens of thousands of dams. The idea was that by storing and then […]

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Belt and Road Dam In Cambodia Branded A ‘Disaster’ For Local Communities

Courtesy of The Financial Times, an article on how Chinese-funded projects threaten a food crisis in the Mekong river delta: A Chinese-financed dam in Cambodia, part of Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative, has been a human rights “disaster” for indigenous and ethnic minority communities, according to a report published on Tuesday. Human Rights Watch claims the […]

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What Is Causing Lake Balkhash To Shrink?

Via the Central Asian Bureau for Analytical Reporting, an article on Lake Balkhash in Kazakhstan: Balkhash, the largest lake in Kazakhstan (14th in the world), could dry up and repeat the fate of the Aral Sea due to China’s intensive water withdrawal, unsustainable agriculture and the effects of climate change. How does Kazakhstan solve the problem […]

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