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Archive for May, 2017

Reckoning Ahead for Arizona as Water Imbalance Grows on Colorado River

Via Water Deeply, a report on the impact of reduced Colorado River water in the U.S. Southwest where Arizona could suffer the most pain if Lake Mead’s shrinkage triggers a shortage declaration: The Central Arizona Project aqueduct system is shown west out of the Phoenix metro area. The aqueduct meanders more than 300 miles to […]

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The Parched Tiger: Drought And Turmoil For Coke And Pepsi In India

Courtesy of Wilson Center and Circle of Blue, a report on the global implications of water, energy, and food challenges in the south India state of Tamil Nadu: Just after dusk on a warm mid-January evening, attorney DA Prabakar greeted several visitors on the dimly lit street in front of his home here in southern […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: Sharing Rivers – China & Kazakhstan

Via China Water Risk, a look at China and Kazakhstan which share 24 rivers and have developed water allocation agreements between them: Of the 24 rivers that China and Kazakhstan share, the most significant are the Irtysh and Ili rivers (see map below). China’s water diversion projects on the two rivers have been cited as […]

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Politics of Water in Iran’s Election

Via The Guardian, an interesting look at the politics of water shortages and air pollution in the upcoming Iranian election: Four years ago one of the candidates in Iran’s presidential election made himself popular by promising to save Lake Urmia, one of the world’s largest saltwater lakes that was on the cusp of disappearing. Now, President […]

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The Thirsty Dragon Vs. The Parched Tiger: China-Pakistan Water Pincer Against India

Via the Times of India, a look at how China has stepped up its challenge to India by signing an accord with Pakistan to fund and build two mega-dams in Gilgit-Baltistan, which the United Nations recognizes as a disputed region and part of Jammu and Kashmir: China, which is working to re-engineer the trans-boundary flows […]

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The Politics of Water Access Under Occupation: The Palestinian Water Crisis

Via Truth Out, a look at the Palestinian water crisis: Following the Palestinian Authority’s April 26th announcement that it will immediately stop funding the Gaza Strip’s electricity, purchased from Israel, Gaza’s already catastrophic humanitarian situation is poised to worsen. The move is seen by many as a shortsighted attempt by PA President Mahmoud Abbas to exert […]

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