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Archive for June, 2012

The Thirsty Dragon: Water Resource Allocation Plan in China to Take Effect by August

Via, a report on a new water resource allocation plan in China: By the end of 2012, a water resource allocation plan for 25 rivers that flow through more than one province will be put into use, limiting the amount of water that can be taken from the rivers by each of the provinces. […]

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Hydro Colonialism And Squeezing Africa Dry: Is Every Land Grab Actually A Water Grab?

Courtesy of Grain, an article looking at the connection between land “grabs” and water “grabs”: Food cannot be grown without water. In Africa, one in three people endure water scarcity and climate change will make things worse. Building on Africa’s highly sophisticated indigenous water management systems could help resolve this growing crisis, but these very […]

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Water: The Real Currency

Via The Guardian, a report on a recent study stating that world’s 10 most populous river basins will generate a quarter of GDP by 2050 – but only if water shortage threat is tackled.  As the article notes: Water is the very stuff of life, yet billions of people do not have access to a […]

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Vietnam Faces Water Crisis Due to Poor Management

Via Thanh Nien News, a report on Vietnam’s impending water stress: Vietnam could face a fresh water crisis because of poor resource management, a new report says. It says the problem could be exacerbated by the fact that most of its rivers originate in neighboring countries who could build upstream dams and block their natural flow. The report was released on May […]

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Water Grabbing In The Mekong Basin

Via Water, a new paper examining the winners & losers of Thailand’s hydropower development in Lao PDR: ABSTRACT: There are currently over 60 tributary and mainstream dams planned or under construction in Lao PDR with 95% of the electricity from these dams slated to be exported to neighbouring countries. In the Mekong basin, the […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: Urgent Water Shortage Developing In Yellow River Basin

Courtesy of Circle of Blue, a look at the urgent water shortage developing in the Yellow River Basin, which lies to the west of Heilongjiang.  As the article notes: “…The provinces of the Yellow River Basin produce 20 percent of the country’s grain and 70 percent of its coal, China’s primary source of energy. The […]

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