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Archive for December, 2015

The Parched Tiger: Unchecked Pumping Sucking India’s Aquifers Dry

Via The Desert Sun, a detailed look at how unchecked pumping is sucking aquifers dry in India: At dawn, as bells ring out from Hindu shrines, the people of this village get in line for water. Wells have been going dry across the countryside, and the village’s one remaining well yields just enough to run […]

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Pakistan: An Impending Climate Crisis

Via Space Daily, a look at Pakistan’s impending water and climate crisis: Karachi, 2050: The sprawling megacity lies crumbling, desiccated by another deadly heatwave, its millions of inhabitants suffering life-threatening water shortages and unable to buy bread that has become too expensive to eat. It sounds like the stuff of dystopian fiction but it could […]

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Peru: Thriving Agribusiness And Declining Aquifers

Via The Desert Sun, a sobering report on Peru where thriving agribusiness and declining aquifers are leading to conflicts over water The fight began early one morning on a sandy dirt road between fields of lima beans, where farmers discovered an excavator machine digging a trench for a water pipe. Infuriated that the pipe would […]

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Dam Divides Ethiopia From Its Neighbors

Via Future Directions International, a report on how the Gibe III Dam on the Omo River has already begun providing much needed hydroelectricity to Ethiopia, but caused increased tensions among local tribes and neighbouring countries: Background The initial support of the Kenyan Government quickly changed when the environmental and social impacts of the dam project […]

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Quenching The Water Demands Of Today’s Megacities

Via Terra Daily, an interesting look at the vexing challenges of providing water to the world’s growing number of megacities: Municipal water problems of yesteryear: The well’s going dry. Dig deeper. Municipal water problems of today: Megacities with millions of thirsty residents and water guzzling infrastructures exhaust nearby sources and start pulling water from aquifers, […]

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Humans Using Far More Water Than Previously Thought

Via The Washington Post, a report on alarming research that finds humans are using up far more of Earth’s water than previously thought: Freshwater is one of the planet’s most precious resources — and as the global population grows and our demand for water rises, so does the need to carefully monitor its use and availability. […]

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