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Archive for February, 2015

Plan Megacities With Water In Mind

Via South Africa’s Business Day, an interesting look at the rise of megacities and the resulting impact on water stress: MOST of the megacities housing more than 10-million people that will spring up around the world in the next 100 years will be in Africa, which makes it critical to plan now for their sustainability […]

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Panama Canal Expansion Will Have Big Effect on Energy, Water, and Grain in U.S. and China

Via Circle of Blue, an interesting look at the impact that the expanded Panama Canal will have upon global water, energy, and food resources: It was an elaborate, even theatrical display of national pride and elite engineering. On January 19, Panama’s four-quarter, red and blue starred flag gleamed in bright morning sunlight as a 2,300 […]

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Industrial Expansion Will Strain Mexico’s Water Resources

Courtesy of STRATFOR (subscription required), analysis of Mexico’s water stress: Much like its northern neighbor, Mexico is not water scarce when viewed as a whole. But unequal water distribution has led to significant water stress in several parts of the country. Supply has been further strained by poor infrastructure, pollution and overuse — partly attributable to inefficient management […]

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Pakistan: Water Stressed To Water Starved

Courtesy of the New York Times, a look at Pakistan’s worsening water crisis: Energy-starved Pakistanis, their economy battered by chronic fuel and electricity shortages, may soon have to contend with a new resource crisis: major water shortages, the Pakistani government warned this week. A combination of global climate change and local waste and mismanagement have led to […]

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Unprecedented 21st-Century Drought Risk In The American Southwest And Central Plains

Via The Guardian, an article on a recent report on drought risk in the US: The US south-west and the Great Plains will face decade-long droughts far worse than any experienced over the last 1,000 years because of climate change, researchers said on Thursday. The coming drought age – caused by higher temperatures under climate […]

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Sharing of Teesta Water Critical for India-Bangladesh Relations

Via Future Directions International, a look at India and Bangladesh’s sharing of the Teesta River: Bangladesh is a lower riparian state to the 53 rivers that it shares with India. As a result, the country is vulnerable to the interests of its upstream neighbour. The Ganga Water Sharing Treaty of 1996 remains the only water-sharing […]

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