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Archive for November, 2016

The Trump Effect on U.S.-Mexico Water Talks

Via Politico, commentary on president-elect Donald Trump’s potential impact on a new water-sharing deal over the dwindling supplies from the Colorado River: Negotiators who’ve worked for years are pressing to finish a new water-sharing deal over the dwindling supplies from the Colorado River before president-elect Donald Trump takes office Jan. 20 — or put at risk […]

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A Water Fight Like No Other May Be Brewing Over Asia’s Rivers

Via BusinessWeek, a look at the unfolding fight over Asia’s rivers: Under President Xi Jinping, China has been aggressively asserting claims to most of the South China Sea, angering neighbors by turning specks of rock into artificial islands. Another water fight could be just as explosive—this one involving fresh water. On Oct. 1, China said […]

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The Rising Tide of Water Insecurity

Via the Wilson Center’s New Security Beat, a look at how water problems, if they are prolonged enough, relate to and drive social instability: “Water is the frontline of climate change. It’s what every report that you see identifies as the sort of first and foremost effect we see from a climate changing world,” said […]

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The Politics of Afghan Refugees: Future Food and Water Crisis in Afghanistan

Via Future Directions International, a report on how Afghanistan’s migration crisis will likely contribute to a humanitarian food and water crisis in the foreseeable future: Background In this past year, more than 600,000 refugees have returned to Afghanistan from Pakistan and Iran, with thousands more anticipated to return from Europe in the near future. Afghanistan’s migration crisis is projected to […]

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Iran: Hydro-Politics Should Be On Agenda

Via The Iran Project, interesting commentary on the importance of water and water politics in Iran: Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Abbas Araqchi said on Monday that Iran should put hydro-politics on its agenda and even regard it much more important than hydro-politics overseas. Addressing the conference on ‘Challenges of Hydro-Politics for […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: Myanmar Probes Controversial China-Backed Dam

Via Terra Daily, a report on Myanmar’s ongoing probe into a controversial dam backed by China: Myanmar is probing whether to resume construction on a controversial Chinese-backed dam, state media reported Saturday, with promises to listen to fierce public opposition to the project. The fate of the $3.6 billion Myitsone dam in northern Kachin state […]

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