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The Thirsty Dragon: How Dams and China’s Might Imperil The Mekong

Courtesy of The New York Times (subscription required), a sobering look at the future of the Mekong River: When the Chinese came to the village of Lat Thahae, perched on a muddy bend of a Mekong River tributary, they scrawled a Chinese character on the walls of homes, schools and Buddhist temples. No one in […]

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Egypt ‘Deadlocked’ In Nile dam Talks With Ethiopia

Via Al Jazeera, a report on Egyptian claims that the Ethiopian delegation ‘rejected all the proposals that take Egypt’s water interests into account’: Egypt has said that talks with Sudan and Ethiopia over the operation of a $4bn hydropower dam that Ethiopia is constructing on the Nile have reached a deadlock. Egypt blamed Ethiopia for the impasse and called for […]

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The ‘Third Pole’: Very High and Drying

Via AirMail, a report on the issues of climate change on Asia’s water tower in the Himalaya: Many moons ago in Tibet, the Second Buddha transformed a fierce nyen (a malevolent mountain demon) into a neri (the holiest protective warrior god) called Khawa Karpo, who took up residence in the sacred mountain bearing his name. Khawa Karpo is the […]

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With Rising Temperatures, Stark Changes Ahead for Asia’s Water Tower

Courtesy of Circle of Blue, a report on how the melting of the Hindu Kush Himalaya region will alter water supplies for a quarter of the planet’s people: New analysis shows that the eight-country region will warm faster than the rest of the world in the coming decades At least one-third of the glacial ice will […]

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Ethiopia Rejects Egyptian Proposal On Nile Dam Operation

Via Al Jazeera, a report on the disagreement over the annual flow of water that should be guaranteed to Egypt: Ethiopia has said it will not accept a proposal by Egypt on the operation of the hydropower dam Addis Ababa is building on the Nile, calling Cairo’s plan “inappropriate”. Sileshi Bekele, Ethiopia‘s minister for water, irrigation and energy, said […]

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Indus Water Treaty: Pakistan Complaints Over Excess Discharge Of Water From India

Via Eurasia Review, a report on recent Pakistani complaints of excess discharge of water from India: Muammil Hussain Chairman of WAPDA of Pakistan, complained about the unexpected release of water into Sutlej that flows into Pakistan from India as part of an attempt to flout the Indus Water Treaty! In accusing India, he went beyond his […]

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