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The Thirsty Dragon: Chinese Threat to Lake Balkhash Fueling Anti-Chinese Feelings in Kazakhstan

Via The Jamestown Foundation’s Eurasia Daily Monitor, a look at how China’s blockage of the Ili River is threatening Lake Balkhash: Kazakhstan’s Lake Balkhash, the 15th largest freshwater lake in the world, may follow the Aral Sea into extinction, Russian researcher Petr Bologov warned six years ago. Not only is the lake threatened by excessive water […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: Does China’s Water Use Threaten Kazakhstan’s Big Lake?

Via the Belt & Road News, a report on China’s impact on the Balkhash basin: Climate change, farming and a lack of Cooperation risk another Aral Sea Disaster. The demise of the Aral Sea is a tragic tale often told. Less known is the peril facing Central Asia’s largest remaining lake, Balkhash in eastern Kazakhstan, […]

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What Does China’s BRI Mean for Central Asia’s Water Future?

Via Eurasianet, a report that the Belt and Road Initiative could exacerbate Central Asia’s water tensions, and Beijing seems to have thought little about the risks: For Central Asia, China’s Belt and Road Initiative is the biggest infrastructure drive in generations. And like the Soviet mega dams, mines, and devastating cotton monoculture that preceded it, the BRI […]

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As The Ural River Disappears, A Crisis Looms For Eurasia

Via Third Pole, an article on how – despite some conservation efforts and regional cooperation – the Ural river is rapidly shrinking, threatening the water security of Kazakhstan and the wider region: The Ural river, which originates in Russia’s Ural Mountains and flows through modern-day Russia and Kazakhstan into the Caspian Sea, has been a […]

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Caspian Faces “Catastrophic Drop in Water Levels” This Century

Via EurasiaNet, a report on the plight of the Caspian that may make the Aral Sea merely a forewarning of what is ahead: As the globe warms and sea levels rise, the lands abutting the Caspian Sea are facing the opposite problem. Forecasters expect a sharp drop in precipitation in Central Asia and increased evaporation […]

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Chinese Hydroelectric Investments In Central Asia

Via Eurasianet, a look at China’s hydroelectric investments in Central Asia: Any investor wishing to stay friendly with all five Central Asian republics knows to steer clear of major hydropower projects. When the five countries were part of the Soviet Union, interdependence worked: Moscow built some of the world’s tallest dams in upstream Kyrgyzstan and […]

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