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Archive for September, 2017

The Parched Tiger: By 2050, India May Live On Imported Water

Via Times of India, a look at India’s water crisis: Do not be surprised if the country is forced to import drinking water by 2050, thanks to the fast-depleting groundwater stock that is expected to reduce to 3,120 litres per day a person by then. Data shows that today — going by 2001 figures — […]

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Fights Over Water Worsening Lake Chad Conflict

Via AllAfrica, a report on how the impact of drying Lake Chad is causing tensions among communities with Cameroonians and Nigerians in Darak village, who constantly fight over the water: REPEATED conflicts among nationals of different countries over control of the remaining water in the drying Lake Chad are worsening insecurity in the terror-prone region. […]

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The Parched Tiger: A Water-Starved India By 2050

Via The Hindu Business Line, commentary on India’s water crisis: We are staring at an apocalypse. This can only be averted if efficient practices are integrated into industries and service. The future of water will be a gamble — resting entirely on the way we decide to play the game here on. Either we continue to […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: Will China’s Silk Road Strategy Threaten The Tarim Basin Once Again?

Courtesy of STRATFOR (subscription required), an interesting analysis of how Beijing’s crucial Belt and Road Initiative could jeopardize the Tarim basin’s nascent hydro recovery: The tale of the Silk Road is one of intrigue, war and cities lost. But within this complex and quixotic tableau, it is the story of China’s Tarim Basin that best echoes the […]

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Pakistan: Could Face Mass Droughts By 2025

Via The Independent, an article on Pakistan’s water crisis as as water level nears ‘absolute scarcity’: Pakistan could face drought in the near future according to experts in the country, who have warned the country will approach the “absolute scarcity” level of water by 2025. The Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR) made the grim forecast in a […]

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Iranian Response to Growing Water Scarcity Provides a Chance for Regional Leadership

Via Future Directions International, a look at Iran’s water diplomacy with Afghanistan and the region: Iranian history is marred by water related insecurities and conflicts. In recent years, water related issues are at the fore of the concerns of residents and politicians alike. In particular, Iran faces transboundary quarrels with Turkey, Afghanistan and the Kurdish […]

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