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Archive for April, 2018

CPEC’s Environmental and Water Impact In Pakistan

Via The Diplomat, a report on the impact that China’s efforts to bring coal power to Pakistan is having upon that nation’s water resources and overall environment: Pakistan’s virgin beaches are located in District Gwadar, which is the major coastal town of Balochistan, and also said to be the epicenter of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). […]

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The Thirsty Dragon and Parched Tiger: China and India’s “Tug of Water” In Nepal

Via Future Directions International, a look at China and India’s competing interest in Nepal’s water resources: The recently elected Nepalese Prime Minister, Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli, made his first foreign trip, a visit to India, in early April. As he is generally seen as being “pro-China”, the visit would have soothed Indian fears that Nepal […]

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Iran: Water Insecurity, Financial Corruption and the Mullahs’ Crumbling Legitimacy

Via Future Directions International, a close look at Iran’s water related tensions: From 28 December 2017 to 7 January 2018, protests broke out in a number of Iranian cities. The protests first started in Mashhad and were probably sparked by the theocratic regime’s total mismanagement of the economy, its political corruption and the country’s foreign […]

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Mozambique’s Water Crisis

Via Future Directions International, a report on Mozambique’s water crisis: South-western Mozambique is on the brink of a water crisis. Due to the El Niño phenomenon, Mozambique has recently experienced higher than average temperatures and decreased levels of rainfall. The possibility of a water crisis, as already seen in parts of South Africa, could put […]

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The Parched Tiger: Low On Water, India Unprepared For Summer

Via India Climate Dialogue, a sobering look at India’s water crisis for the summer ahead: India is staring at a water crisis this summer. With the heat setting in earlier than usual in many parts of the country, water storage at major reservoirs have plummeted to critical lows at a time when the Met department […]

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Afghanistan: Lowest Snowfall In Years Signals Drought

Via Third Pole, a detailed look at Afghanistan where – after large snowfall in 2017 – the nation has experienced the reverse this year, with the lowest snowfall in years, sparking concerns that the country may be heading towards drought conditions: In a reversal from abundant snow conditions in February 2017, the snowpack in Afghanistan in […]

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