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Archive for June, 2011

The Thirsty Dragon and Parched Tiger: Chinese Water Torture Over Tibet?

Via The NewStatesman, an interesting (albeit slightly dated from 2010) article on how – in a region fraught with mutual distrust – anxieties over water supply are raising tensions between India and China.  As the article notes: Almost anything the Dalai Lama does can trigger protests from Beijing. But his November 2009 visit to the […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: Plan to Divert Water From Tibet To Xinjiang

Courtesy of China Dialogue, an interesting report on the latest idea to move water from Tibet to Xinjiang.  As the article notes: Chinese scientists have dreamed up yet another mega engineering scheme: to divert water from Tibet’s Yarlung Zangbo River, along a course that follows the Tibet-Qinghai railway line to Golmud, through the Gansu Corridor […]

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The Thirsty Dragon and Parched Tiger: Beijing Hasn’t Denied Plans To Divert Brahmaputra Flow

Via The Times of India, a report on the lingering doubt held by India over China’s intentions regarding the Brahmaputra River.  As the article notes: China’s reaction to the alarm in India over diversion of Brahmaputra waters has failed to convince Indian experts even as the government tries hard to downplay the threat. China said […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: A Historical Perspective On China’s Water Challenges

Courtesy of The China Beat, a historical look at China’s water challenges via a Q&A with environmental historian Kenneth Pomeranz: JW: Water is figuring centrally right now in a lot of reporting on China. Do you see this as due to a change in the situation or just increased awareness of the kinds of dilemmas […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: Rains Bring Relief for Six-month China Drought, But Chronic Water Problems Loom

Courtesy of Circle of Blue, an article on how – in spite of recent rainfall – China’s dry spell is the latest in a growing trend of severe water shortages threatening China’s food production, energy generation, and accelerating modernization.  As the report note: “…Heavy rainfall began in China last Friday, easing the effects of a prolonged […]

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When The Nile Runs Dry…

Courtesy of The New York Times, an interesting commentary on the impact of global land grabs upon Nile water resources.  As the article notes: “…A NEW scramble for Africa is under way. As global food prices rise and exporters reduce shipments of commodities, countries that rely on imported grain are panicking. Affluent countries like Saudi […]

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