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Archive for February, 2011

Africa’s Flourishing Niger Delta Threatened by Libya Water Plan

Courtesy of Yale’s environment360, a detailed report on how Mali’s president and Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi have begun a major agricultural project that will divert much of the river’s water and put the inland Niger delta of Mali future at risk.  As the article notes: “…Daouda Sanankoua is an aquatic mayor, and proud of it. […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: Crops Wither and Prices Rise in Chinese Drought

Via The New York Times, a report that China’s President Hu Jintao and Prime Minister Wen Jiabao have – after touring drought-stricken regions this week – called for “all-out efforts” to address the effects of water shortages on agriculture.  As the article notes: “…A severe drought in northern China has badly damaged the winter wheat […]

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Can Water Cooperation Be A Model For Middle East Peacemaking?

Via Huffington Post, an interesting article on the potential for water cooperation to be a model for Middle East peacemaking.  As the report notes: “…Over a fine glass of wine, overlooking the Arabian Sea from the Omani capital of Muscat, Roland Mollinger, a seconded Dutch career diplomat revealed a remarkable — and compelling story of […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: Drying The Han River

Via China Dialogue, an interesting report on the impact that China’s bold program to divert water to its parched northern cities will have upon the clear-running Han River and those who rely on its flow.  As the article notes: “…If you wanted to trace the roots of Chinese civilization, you would do well to take […]

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