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Turkish Use of Water As A Weapon To Pressure Kurds

Via Future Directions International, a report on Turkey’s use of water as a weapon to pressure Kurds: There have been concerns that the fragile security situation in parts of north-eastern Syria could be undermined by a lack of water. According to Al-Monitor, Turkey increased its pressure on Kurdish-controlled north-eastern Syria last month, by stopping the Alok […]

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Water Insecurity in Central Asia: A Steppe on the One Belt, One Road Initiative?

Via Future Directions International, a look at water insecurity in Central Asia: Central Asia is integral to Chinese efforts to increase its global connectivity. Natural resource constraints, including access to water, could undermine its influence in the region. Given the legacy of failed foreign water infrastructure in the region, any Chinese efforts to address water […]

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Lake Baikal Crisis: Chinese Activity a Handy Scapegoat for Russian Government Inaction

Via Future Directions International, a look at Russia and China’s collective impact on Lake Baikal: Lake Baikal is the oldest, deepest and the largest freshwater lake in the world by volume. Located in south-eastern Siberia, the lake is 25 million years old, 1,642 metres deep and contains 23,615 cubic kilometres of water (one-fifth of the world’s unfrozen fresh […]

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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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Caspian Water Transfer Under Consideration

Via the Financial Tribune, an article on Iran’s interest in transferring water from the Caspian Sea to drought stricken areas in its south: The plan to transfer water from Caspian Sea in the north to the drought-ridden Semnan Province is undergoing final reviews and waiting for the approval of the Department of Environment. Emphasizing on […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: China Proposes Water Pipeline From Russia To Gansu Province

Via Future Directions International, a look at China’s proposed a pipeline to pump water from Russia’s Lake Baikal in Siberia to the Gansu province: Chinese urban planners have proposed constructing a pipeline to pump water from Russia’s Lake Baikal in Siberia to the Gansu province, its drought-prone north-west region. The proposed pipeline is 1,000 kilometres long, […]

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