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Asian Water Towers On Tighter Budget: More Runoff Won’t Quench Indus or Ganges Thirst

Via Eureka Alert, notice of a new study on the Asian Water Towers: The Third Pole centered on the Tibetan Plateau is home to headwaters of over 10 major Asian rivers. These glacier-based water systems, also known as the Asian Water Towers, will have to struggle to quench the thirst of downstream communities despite more […]

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The Parched Tiger: Climate Change Worsens Water Crisis In Indus-Ganga-Brahmaputra Basins

Via Third Pole, a report on the impact of climate change on the Indus-Ganga-Brahmaputra basins in India where new satellite data shows less rain and warmer weather is further depleting already overexploited groundwater in one of the world’s most populated regions: Rainfall has declined across the Indus-Ganga-Brahmaputra basin over the past two decades, reducing the […]

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The Thirsty Dragon and Parched Tiger: Tensions with China-Pakistan Can Derail India’s Fragile Water Treaties

Via The Print, commentary on how the recent tension with Nepal, misunderstanding with Bhutan and border clash with China show that India can no longer create policy of long-term water security in isolation: As India’s neighbourhood goes through a turmoil, with underlying fault lines exposed by the coronavirus pandemic and a deepening economic crisis, there is […]

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Looming Water Crisis For 270 Million South Asians

Courtesy of National Geographic, a detailed report on how, while melting ice is crucial to the thirsty Indus River region, the flow is projected to decline, posing risks for agriculture and a growing population: From near Mount Kangrinboqe in Tibet rise four major rivers, which stretch east and west across the Himalaya and down to […]

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Pakistan Forges Ahead With Diamer-Basha Dam With China’s Support

Via Eurasia Review, commentary on a joint Chinese – Pakistani venture to develop a new dam on the Indus River: Pakistan signed on May 14 a 442 billion Pakistan rupees contract for a joint venture with the Chinese state-run China Power and Frontier Works Organisation (FWO), the commercial arm of the Pakistan military. The deal was […]

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The Indus: The Most Important and Vulnerable ‘Water Tower’

Via The Guardian, an article on the 1.9 billion people at risk from mountain water shortages in the Himalaya: A quarter of the world’s population are at risk of water supply problems as mountain glaciers, snow-packs and alpine lakes are run down by global heating and rising demand, according to an international study. The first inventory of high-altitude […]

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