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Archive for October, 2011

Iranian Speaker Supports Importing Tajik Water

Via PressTV, a report that Iran’s Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani has voiced parliament’s support for a proposal to exchange Islamic Republic’s gas in return for Tajikistan’s water.  As the article notes: “…Majlis supports transferring water to the Islamic Republic from the Central Asian country, Larijani said on Friday, adding that “Iran can in exchange provide […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: Will China Trigger Potential Water Wars?

Via Terra Daily, an article on how the scarcity of water in Asia could become a thorny issue for the region and trigger major conflicts.  As the report notes: A rise in population, increased water use and the expectation that Asia will be most affected by global warming will affect the availability of water for […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: China’s Plans To Divert Water On The Tibetan Plateau

Via UBC’s Asia Pacific Memo, a brief summary of China’s plans to divert water on the Tibetan Plateau: “…The prospect of China controlling the taps of Asia’s main rivers is a subject of intense debate. Downstream countries are understandably concerned. But Chinese experts say it is the Chinese who should be most worried about its […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: Reducing Salt In Its Diet …Beijing Could Have Desalinated Water In Five Years

Via China Daily, a report on Chinese plans to make desalinated seawater may be available for residents of Beijing within five years and use this as a main supply source in efforts to deal with the water shortage.  As the article notes: The project, which desalinates seawater from the Bohai Bay and transports it to […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: China’s Decade Plan for Water

Via Columbia University’s State of the Planet blog, a report on China’s recent No. 1 central document which – for the first time ever – included water.  As the article notes: Once a year, a No. 1 central document is issued in Beijing that states the government’s priorities for the next year.  The issues addressed […]

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Gaddafi Dead: What Is The Fate Of The Great Man Made River?

Via Green Prophet, musings on Libya’s Great Man Made River project now that a change in political leadership has occurred: The Great Man Made River: 70 percent of Libya’s fresh water comes from it. Muammar Gaddafi, the eccentric strongman of Libya for more than 42 years and often referred to as the Mad Dog of […]

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