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Archive for March, 2013

The Thirsty Dragon: Chinese Fracking Plans Prompt “Water-Grabbing” Fears

Via China Dialogue, a report on China’s nascent fracking industry and concerns regarding the impact it could have upon the nation’s water supplies: China has become one of Asia’s leaders in expanding unconventional shale-gas extraction in the name of energy self-sufficiency and national autonomy. Experiences of “fracking” worldwide, however, suggest the costs to China of […]

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Asia-Pacific Region Lacks Water Security: ADB

Courtesy of OOSKA News, a look at Asia’s water security: A new joint study by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Asia-Pacific Water Forum (APWF) warns that over 75 percent of the countries in the Asia-Pacific region have a serious lack of water security, with many facing an imminent crisis unless steps are taken […]

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Ethiopia And Saudi Arabia Argue Over Nile River Dam

Via Bikya News, a report on recent tensions between Ethiopia and Saudi Arabia over the Renaissance dam project: Ethiopia has demanded that Saudi Arabia explain itself after a minister attacked the country over its massive Renaissance Nile River dam project, saying that the water rights of Sudan and Egypt would be threatened with its completion. […]

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Water Still A U.S. National Security Concern

Via Circle of Blue, an article on a recent report by the US Director of National Intelligence regarding water: In his annual appearance before Congress, the Director of National Intelligence said once again that water, food and energy problems abroad, as well as climate change, deserve attention from the United States government. These natural resources […]

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Ethiopia: Rumors of Water War On The Nile Or Dam-plomacy?

Via, a look at Nile water tensions: Late last month, Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Defense Minister Prince Khalid Bin Sultan fired a shot across the bow from the Arab Water Council in Cairo to let the regime in Ethiopia know that his country takes a dim view of the “Grand Renaissance Dam” under “construction” on […]

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The Thirsty Dragon and Parched Tiger: India, China, And Bangladesh – The Contentious Politics Of The Brahmaputra Rive

Via Eurasia Review, a look at the the politics of the Brahmaputra River between China, India, and Bangladesh: The Brahmaputra River is one of the most significant confidence-building measures between India, China, and Bangladesh. Despite a well-functioned relationship between India and China in recent decades, the Brahmaputra River may pose new challenges to the continued […]

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