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Archive for March, 2014

The Thirsty Dragon: The Human Impact Of China’s Desperate Need For Water

Via Quartz, a report on how China’s desperate need for water is forcing the relocation of hundreds of thousands of people: Villagers in Danjiangkou prepare to move their belongings in 2009, ahead of the resettlement process. Once a collection of agrarian villages, Danjiangkou, about 1,200 kilometers (745 miles) south of Beijing, is now a small but bustling […]

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The Myitsone Tug Of War

Via The Guardian, an update on the controversial Myitsone dam project, at the headwaters of the Irrawaddy, which is caught in tug of war between the state and a Chinese corporation:   Children looking at the Myitsone dam from the banks of the Irrawaddy River, Kachin state, Burma.  Lapai Zoong kicks the red dirt outside […]

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Mongolia’s Water Scarcity Could Threaten Its Economic Boom

Courtesy of The Guardian, a report on how one resource-rich country is riding high economically but a battle is brewing for water between people, mining and agriculture: The Gobi desert. The Mongolian mining boom may promise great things for economy but chronic water stress is a cause for concern. The sight of foreign faces in […]

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Troubled Waters: Egypt, Ethiopia, And The Nile

Via Foreign Policy, a report on the tension between Egypt and Ethiopia over a plan to dam the Nile River: Egypt’s musical-chairs government faces enough challenges. So why is a construction project almost 1,800 miles from Cairo provoking fears over Egypt’s national survival? Egypt and Ethiopia are butting heads over the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, […]

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The Parched Tiger: Big Dams Create Big Problems In Northeast India

Via the India Water Portal, a look at how hydropower development is creating various types of conflict in Northeast India: Northeast India has been in turmoil over the last two decades or so because of unbridled hydropower development in the region. This article is an effort to understand the extent of hydropower development in the […]

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