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Archive for August, 2009

Iraq, Turkey, and Water: More Than Just Surface Tension

Via Terra Daily, an update on the continuing scrabble between Iraq and Turkey over water flows on the Euphrates River.  As the article notes: “…Iraq’s water minister accused Turkey on Tuesday of breaking a promise to increase water flows down the Euphrates river, saying Ankara was actually holding back on the precious commodity.He was responding […]

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Climate Change and Water Scarcity: Future Threats To Security

Courtesy of The New York Times, a new report on the the threat that climate change and water scarcity may have upon global security & future conflicts.  As the article notes: The changing global climate will pose profound strategic challenges to the United States in coming decades, raising the prospect of military intervention to deal […]

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Nevada: Don’t Drink The Water In Mexico…

Via The Las Vegas Review Journal, an interesting article suggesting that Nevada may look towards Mexico if various water conservation & desalination efforts in that country take off.  As the article notes: “…Talks are progressing among officials from both sides of the border over new joint efforts to squeeze more water out of the arid […]

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India & China: Cooperating Over Tibetan Glaciers

Via Qatar’s The Peninsula, a report that India and China are engaged in talks to monitor the glaciers in the Himalayas, a strategic border region, and plans to collaborate in climate change negotiations.  As the article notes: “…We are talking to the Chinese about monitoring the Himalayan glaciers,” Minister for State for Environment and Forests […]

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Water Rights In An Age Of Scarcity: No Doctrine For Harmon(y)?

Via Peter Gleick’s always insightful blog, an interesting review of water rights in the age of scarcity and “The Harmon Doctrine,” which says that upstream water users have the right to do whatever they want with the water in their own “territory” no matter what harm it causes to downstream users.  As the article notes, […]

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