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Archive for January, 2017

The Thirsty Dragon: Chinese Hydropower Impacts Mekong River Flow

Via Terra Daily, a report on the impact of Chinese hydropower on the Mekong River: A study led by researchers from Aalto University in Finland reveals that the hydropower projects in China have caused major river flow changes to the Mekong River since the year 2011. An analysis of river flows in Northern Thailand indicates […]

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The Parched Tiger: A Familiar Dispute in the Indus River Valley

Via STRATFOR (subscription required), additional analysis of tensions over the Indus River: For centuries, control of the Indus River Basin’s waters has been a point of contention among the region’s inhabitants. Since 1960, the Indus Waters Treaty has governed use of the region’s water between India and Pakistan. But late in 2016, a flare-up between […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: China’s Water Stress Is on the Rise

Via the World Resources Institute, a look at China’s water stress: Water stress levels in many parts of China are very high, due to low levels of water supply and very high levels of demand. And new research shows the situation is worsening. Using the baseline water stress metric developed for WRI’s Aqueduct Water Risk […]

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The Parched Tiger: Indus Waters Treaty Continues

Via The Third Pole, a report on how – as the World Bank starts shuttle diplomacy between New Delhi and Islamabad to resolve the latest dispute over the Indus Waters Treaty – officials in both India and Pakistan reiterate their support to the treaty itself: India has asked the World Bank not to rush in […]

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A Saudi Water Crisis Lurks Beneath The Surface

Courtesy of STRATFOR (subscription required), analysis of Saudi Arabia’s water challenges: Though a desert land devoid of the abundant natural resources often needed for life to thrive, modern Saudi Arabia has always been capable of growth. The driver of this growth — hydrocarbons beneath the earth — mean that lower oil prices hurt the Saudi […]

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Black Markets & Blue Water: Zimbabwe Drought Gives Rise To Water Mafia

Via Terra Daily, a report looking at how Zimbabwe’s water crisis has given rise to backdoor sellers: From jobless youths hired to dig wells to illegal sellers supplying water in buckets and large tanks, some enterprising Zimbabweans are cashing in on the country’s desperate water shortages. Zimbabwe’s long-standing water supply problems have been worsened by a […]

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