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Archive for September, 2016

Water Governance in the Tigris-Euphrates Basin

Via Future Directions International, a report on water governance in the Tigris-Euphrates basin: Key Points The states that share the water resources of the Tigris-Euphrates Basin have come close to creating a water sharing agreement in the past, but narrow self-interest derailed the project. Current regional political crises were caused, in part, by heightened food […]

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USA: Irrigation Nation Faces A Dry Future

Via Pacific Standard, an interesting look at how irrigation helped create America’s breadbasket and how it threatens to destroy it: Rick Hammond turned a yellow dial until it locked into place with a hollow clank, and a high-pressure hum filled the air. Across the windswept field, a light started blinking atop a metal contraption that […]

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Major Water Disputes Are Often Beyond War and Peace

Via the Wilson Center’s New Security Beat, an interesting look at the state of affairs that characterize many important share water basins around the world: Early this June, the Israeli government cut off drinking water to people living in the Salfit region of the West Bank and three villages east of Nablus. The consequences have been dire. […]

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The Parched Tiger: The Source of India’s Water Wars

Courtesy of STRATFOR (subscription required), a detailed analysis of water tensions in India: Rivers sharing boundaries, whether between other countries or internal states, are traditional points of conflict. Often governed by unpopular treaties, they are the subject of intense negotiations. India’s transboundary rivers are no exception. Political disputes surrounding India’s rivers are made all the more […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: Yangtze Headwaters Under Threat

Via China Water Risk, a sobering look at the threat faced by the Yangtze headwaters where models show as much as 67% of China’s glacier volume may disappear by 2100: The glaciers of the “Yangtze River Source Region” (YRSR) are in the “most sensitive area to global warming” atop the Tibetan Plateau, according to a study led by the Institute […]

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Tunisia: Headed Towards A ‘Thirst Uprising’?

Via Al Monitor, a look at Tunisia’s water crisis which, according to some analysts, may be the spark to the next revolution in the nation: On Sept. 12, the people of Fernana — a small town located in northwestern Tunisia — gathered at the pumping station that supplies water to Tunis and threatened to cut off the supply to […]

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