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As Andean Glaciers Retreat, So Does Regional Security

Via the Wilson Center’s New Security Beat, a look at the impact retreating glaciers is having upon water – and overall – security in South America: Last month, Bolivia filed a counterclaim against Chile in the International Court of Justice—the latest salvo in their battle over rights to the waters of the Silala River. The court will decide […]

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Global Cities Facing Water Risks

Via IWA’s The Source, an interesting look at some of the water challenges facing several of the world’s most at-risk cities: Water visions precede action. Yet it’s easy to offer “building blocks” to plan “sustainable urban water systems” that inform and govern “resilient and liveable cities.” What’s hard is showing how and where to implement […]

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Peru: Thriving Agribusiness And Declining Aquifers

Via The Desert Sun, a sobering report on Peru where thriving agribusiness and declining aquifers are leading to conflicts over water The fight began early one morning on a sandy dirt road between fields of lima beans, where farmers discovered an excavator machine digging a trench for a water pipe. Infuriated that the pipe would […]

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Lima: Served Without Water

Courtesy of Circle of Blue, an interesting look at Lima, Peru’s water challenges: Lima’s water trucks provide guides to understanding the circumstances affecting 21st century Peru, and to a larger extent the other fast-growing cities of Latin America. Municipal governments and taxpayers are not anxious to invest in water infrastructure to supply running water or […]

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Lima, Peru: Can A Metropolis Die Of Thirst?

Courtesy of GlobalPost, a report on how climate change imperils sprawling Lima, already one of the world’s driest cities: The Santa Rosita kindergarten appears like an oasis of color amid the grays and browns of Huaycan, a grim Lima shantytown sprawling upwards into the dusty Andean foothills. Yet appearances could not be more deceiving. The […]

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Melting Glaciers = Rising Tensions: Peruvians Fight for Their Right to Water

Courtesy of Columbia University’s Earth Institute, a report on recent violence which erupted in Peru over water.  As the article notes: A Peruvian man sits in front a lake fed by melt from the Andean glaciers, seen in the background. (Source: Wikimedia, September 2008) Last week, on September 17, one man was killed and 18 […]

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