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Archive for June, 2015

Canada’s Water Strategy

Courtesy of STRATFOR (subscription required), an interesting analysis of Canada’s water resources: Despite being “water rich,” Canada will experience increasing regional water stress as demographics and climate variability threaten the natural resources in the country’s prairie. Suggestions about the possibility of Canada exporting water will emerge sporadically, as they have in the past. But such […]

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The Parched Tiger: A $23 Billion Stock Drop Shows India’s Rising Water Risks

Via Bloomberg, an interesting article on rising economic concerns that half of India faces potential surface-water supply disruptions: Few expected India’s science minister to cut the monsoon outlook as he unveiled a weather forecasting system on June 2. The surprise contributed to a 1.5-trillion-rupee ($23 billion) two-day slump in the nation’s equities. The rupee also slid […]

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The Parched Tiger: The Ganges Water Crisis

Courtesy of The New York Times, an interesting OpEd examining the plight of India’s Ganges river: In April, to offset a prolonged drought in California, Governor Jerry Brown introduced water restrictions for the state’s 39 million residents. Now imagine a water crisis like this affecting some 200 million people in an area smaller than California. […]

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Gulf Co-operation Council Plans Regional Food And Water Security Center

Via Future Directions International, a report on a new Gulf Cooperation Council initiative to foster dialogue and partnership around food and water security: Background Joint action within the agriculture and water sectors is a key objective in achieving food security for the GCC member states. This year’s GCC Agricultural Co-operation Committee meeting, hosted by Qatar […]

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North Korea Faces Worst Drought In A Century

Courtesy of the BBC, a report on North Korea’s drought crisis: The drought has reportedly also hit rice paddies in parts of South Korea North Korea says it is facing its worst drought in a century, sparking fears of worsening food shortages. State news agency KCNA said main rice-growing provinces had been badly affected and more […]

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Global Water Supplies ‘In Distress’

Courtesy of The Financial Times, a sobering report on the condition of the world’s biggest aquifers: More than a third of the world’s biggest aquifers, a vital source of fresh water for millions, are “in distress” because human activities are draining them, according to satellite observations. Scientists from Nasa, the US space agency, and the University of […]

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