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Archive for May, 2011

The Thirsty Dragon: How China Is Dealing With Its Water Crisis

Courtesy of Columbia’s Earth Institute, an interesting look at China’s efforts to face its increasingly perilous water crisis: “…China becomes drier each year—its freshwater reserves declined 13% between 2000 and 2009. Severe droughts occurred in 2000, 2007 and 2009. Normally the southern regions receive 80% of China’s rainfall and snowmelt, about 79 inches a year, […]

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Ethiopia Freezes Nile Water Treaty in Sign of Thaw With Egypt

Via Voice of America, an update on the Nile River treaty process: Ethiopia has agreed to postpone ratification of a treaty on sharing Nile River water until a new Egyptian government takes office to join the negotiations. The delay eases a long-running dispute between upstream countries at the source of the Nile and downstream countries […]

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Water Politics

Via The Wall Street Journal, an interesting article on the historical linkage between politics and water: It is a testament to the power of rivers that Yu the Great, the founding hero of ancient China’s Yellow River civilization, was a water engineer. In the 23rd century B.C., as the legend goes, he tamed the deadly […]

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