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Hindu Kush Himalayas: A Highly Sensitive Water Tower

Via China Water Risk, an interesting interview on the Hindu Kush Himalayas: China Water Risk (CWR): Thank you for your expert contribution to our report and its launch. To start us off, what is the Hindu-Kush Himalayan (HKH) region? Can you briefly outline why it is so important to the future of Asia’s economy? Dr […]

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The Parched Tiger: Indian Government Should Not use Drought To Justify River Linking

Via Third Pole, commentary on India’s water crisis and a view that Modi’s government should focus on local solutions and stronger governance rather than build large dams and river diversions: As the recent report from government think NITI Aayog suggests, India is facing a serious water crisis. By 2030, the country’s water demand is predicted to be double its […]

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The Parched Tiger: Indian Dam Reduces Pakistan’s Indus Share

Via The Asia Times, a report on how Pakistan is bracing for a potentially grave water crisis as India inaugurates new dam that will divert the crucial Kishanganga River: Pakistan is bracing for a grave water crisis because of climate change and India’s tacit ‘control and management policy’ on the flow of water from the […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: Climate Change and Economic Growth Drive Water Scarcity On Tibetan Plateau

Via the Woodrow Wilson Centre’s New Security Beat, an interesting look at the impact of climate change and cconomic growth on water scarcity on the Tibetan Plateau: I pulled my horse to a stop along the banks of a little stream, which was wedged between two grassy hills speckled with wildflowers and pika holes, to admire the […]

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The Parched Tiger: In Kashmir, India and Pakistan Race to Tap the Himalayas

Via The Times of India, an article on India and Pakistan’s rivalry on the Neelum River which underlines both countries’ unquenchable need for freshwater: Several hundred metres underground, thousands of labourers grind away day and night on a mammoth hydroelectric project in contested Kashmir, where India and Pakistan are racing to tap the subcontinent’s diminishing […]

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The Thirsty Dragon and Parched Tiger: Troubled Waters In Tibet

Courtesy of STRATFOR (subscription required), a detailed look at the Highlights It is unlikely that India and China will wage an all out war over water sources in disputed territory, but verbal sparring between the two will intensify in 2018. For now, the dispute will be more a reflection of broader geopolitical dynamics than a […]

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