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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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Drought In The Mediterranean

Courtesy of The Economist, a look at the arid spells across Europe’s south: THE Gonella Hut, more than 3,000 metres up on the Italian side of Monte Bianco, should be bustling with climbers in August. Instead, it is empty. Davide Gonella, the manager, closed it at the end of last month for lack of water. […]

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Spain’s Water Resources

Courtesy of STRATFOR (subscription required), a detailed analysis of Spain’s water challenges: Over the coming decades, Spain will face several challenges in maintaining the viability of its natural resources. Climatic pressures will likely stretch regional water supplies. A lack of future investment will cause infrastructure to deteriorate. Public sentiment that water is a common good […]

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Geopolitical Implications of New International Trade in Water

Courtesy of Pruned,  an interesting article on the geopolitics of the emerging international trade in water. As the report notes: “First there was Barcelona, and now Cyprus is also importing water. Like Spain, Cyprus is suffering from a severe drought that has left the its reservoirs at 7.5% full. In fact, according to Reuters, the […]

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Southern Spain: Battles Over Water

As recently reported in The International Herald Tribune, southern Europe continues to face a worsening water situation.  As the article notes: “…Spurred on by global warming and poorly planned development, swaths of southeast Spain are steadily turning into desert. This year in Murcia farmers are fighting developers over water rights. They are fighting each other […]

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The Beginning of Water Wars? / Water for Arms

We reported earlier that Spain was recently forced to consider importing water from France by boat to address a severe drought affecting Barcelona. As noted in a separate article, the proposal is interesting because it turns a local drought into an international situation where water scarcity can escalate conflicts, if not bring about water wars. […]

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