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Archive for May, 2011

The Thirsty Dragon: Central China’s Reservoirs Become Dead Water

Courtesy of The New York Times, an article detailing the crisis unfolding in drought ravaged China: “…A severe drought along the Yangtze River region in central China has rendered nearly 1,400 reservoirs in Hubei Province temporarily unusable, devastated farm fields and made drinking water scarce, according to a report on Monday by Xinhua, the state […]

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When The Arab World Dries Up

Via China Dialogue, a detailed report on how water usage in north Africa and the Middle East is unsustainable and how shortages are likely to lead to further instability – unless governments take action to solve the impending crisis.  As the article notes: “…Poverty, repression, decades of injustice and mass unemployment have all been cited […]

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Working Towards Afghanistan’s Water Security

Courtesy of Columbia University’s State of the Planet, an interesting commentary on Afghanistan’s water challenges: Darunta Dam, Nangarhar Province, Eastern Afghanistan. U.S. Army 10th Aviation Brigade image When news that Navy Seals had killed Osama bin Laden reached U.S. television and Internet audiences last week, thousands converged upon Ground Zero in New York City and […]

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Water Tension In South Asia

Via The Eurasia Review, an interesting article on the factors driving water disputes in South Asia and the need to include China in any solution.  As the report notes: “…South Asia is mired in disputes over water resources despite possessing three large rivers – the Ganges, Brahmaputra and Indus and their tributaries. The disputes emanate […]

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South Sudan And The Hydro-Politics Of The Nile Basin

Via Water International, a detailed look at issues related to the sharing and management of the waters of the Nile River, the conservation and use of the waters of the huge swamps of southern Sudan, and the relationship with the other Nile riparians faced by the new state of South Sudan faces in connection: On […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: Beijing’s Water Crisis

Courtesy of Circle of Blue, a detailed report on how Beijing’s water demand is outpacing supply despite conservation, recycling, and imports: The 200-kilometer drive from Beijing to the Guanting Reservoir in Hebei Province takes you from the urban jungle of China’s capital to the dry farm fields and tumble-down villages of one of the country’s […]

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