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Fight Over The Nile: Preview of Climate Change Diplomacy

Via Slate, a look at how a fight over the world’s longest river is a preview of climate change diplomacy: The Book of Genesis describes the pharaoh of Egypt having two dreams: one in which he is standing by the Nile and sees seven fat cows devoured by seven thin cows, and one in which he […]

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Water Theft A Growing Concern In Increasingly-Dry Spain

Via Terra Daily, an article on the growing incidence of water theft in Spain: Inside her greenhouse, Emilia Gomez bends down to see how her strawberries are faring following a difficult season with barely any water after her farm’s illegal well was shut down. Digging an illegal well to irrigate crops is a widespread practice […]

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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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