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Mountain Water Supply to Two Billion People Could Change

Courtesy of Scientific American (subscription required), a detailed look at how data about Earth’s 78 most important mountaintops foretell changes in the amount and timing of snowmelt: The nights are long inside a tent 5,300 meters above sea level at the snout of Nepal’s Yala Glacier. At 8:00 P.M., after a meal of Nepali dal bhat (lentils […]

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The Thirsty Dragon and Parched Tiger: Will China Turn Off Asia’s Tap?

Via Brahma Chellaney, commentary on China’s water pressure on the rest of Asia: China’s megaproject on the Brahmaputra (Yarlung Tsangpo) is to come up next to Metog (Motuo), just before the mighty river crosses into India. Even after Asia’s economies climb out of the COVID-19 recession, China’s strategy of frenetically building dams and reservoirs on transnational rivers […]

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The Thirsty Dragon and Parched Tiger: World’s Largest Hydropower Project by China on Yarlung/Brahmaputra

Via ORF Online, a report on China’s hydropower project on the Yarlung/Brahmaputra headwaters: The Yarlung snaking its way in between the lofty peaks of Namcha Barwa (R) and Gyala Peri (L) | Source: Google Earth Causing an apparent surprise, news broke last week that hydropower exploitation in the downstream of the Yarlung Zangbo had been made a part […]

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The Thirsty Dragon and Parched Tiger: India’s Worries and China’s Tibetan Dams

Via Future Directions International, commentary on how Chinese dams on the Brahmaputra River are just one more thorn in the side of India-China relations and India has good reason to be concerned: India has said that it is ‘carefully monitoring’ the situation as China considers building up to 60 gigawatts of hydropower along the Brahmaputra River (known as […]

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The Thirsty Dragon and Parched Tiger: China’s Plans for Brahmaputra Dam Strain Relations With India

Via Third Pole, a report on Powerchina’s announcement it will build a mega dam could spur a dam-building race with India, with disastrous consequences for the ecology of the region: The president of Power Construction Corporation of China (Powerchina) made a big splash across the Himalayas last week by announcing its plans to develop large scale hydropower on […]

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The Thirsty Dragon and Parched Tiger: China’s Tibet Dam Plan Worries Downstream India

Via The Asia Times, a report on China’s planned mega-dam on world’s highest altitude river: The world’s highest altitude river, cutting through the Tibetan plateau and rugged terrain along the Chinese-Indian border, carries troubled waters amid a new era of border tensions between the two Asian giants.  Those tensions are set to rise with Beijing’s […]

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