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Archive for October, 2010

The (In)Fertile Crescent?

Courtesy of The New York Times, a report on the increasingly dire situation facing Syria and Iraq due to shortages on the Euphrates.  As the article notes: “…The farmlands spreading north and east of this Euphrates River town were once the breadbasket of the region, a vast expanse of golden wheat fields and bucolic sheep […]

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Asia’s Water Crisis Threatens Region’s Rise

Courtesy of The New York Times, a report on how decreasing water supplies may start to threaten Asia’s economic development.  As the article notes: “…Framed by banana and eucalyptus trees, the caramel-colored Mekong River rolls through this lush corner of Yunnan Province in southwestern China with an unerring rhythm that is reassuring in its seeming […]

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Melting Glaciers = Rising Tensions: Peruvians Fight for Their Right to Water

Courtesy of Columbia University’s Earth Institute, a report on recent violence which erupted in Peru over water.  As the article notes: A Peruvian man sits in front a lake fed by melt from the Andean glaciers, seen in the background. (Source: Wikimedia, September 2008) Last week, on September 17, one man was killed and 18 […]

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A Perfect Drought…

Courtesy of Terra Daily, a report on the likelihood of unprecedented drought in the U.S. Southwest and the concerns that the severe decline in Lake Mead and resulting reductions in Colorado River allocations could pit states against one another.  As the article notes: “…The convergence in the coming year of three cyclical conditions affecting ocean […]

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Thirsty Dragon: Moving Heaven & Earth To Bring Water To Beijing

Via Terra Daily, an updated look at China’s $62-billion South-North Water Diversion, which will bring water to the parched capital via three major phases: 1) the 885-mile eastern line from Hangzhou to Beijing, which mostly follows the route of the Grand Canal and is hoped to be ready by 2013; 2) the middle line, which […]

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