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Archive for September, 2019

Water Wars Are Here

Via New Republic, an article on how – in a warming world – fights over water usage have become ideological battles: Everyone remembers the scene in Chinatown when Jack Nicholson almost gets his nose sliced off, but many do not recall what the dispute was about. It wasn’t drug smuggling or gun running that got Nicholson’s character slashed. […]

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The Parched Tiger: How Water Scarcity Widened Inequality In Chennai

Via Eco-Business, a report on how water shortages widened economic and gender inequality in Chennai, India’s sixth-largest city: Weary from long hours spent waiting for water, S. Kumari, 54, rests in the shade to escape the searing, relentless heat. An engine roars to life nearby as the tanker that just delivered water to her drought-stricken neighbourhood M.S. […]

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Indus Water Treaty: Pakistan Complaints Over Excess Discharge Of Water From India

Via Eurasia Review, a report on recent Pakistani complaints of excess discharge of water from India: Muammil Hussain Chairman of WAPDA of Pakistan, complained about the unexpected release of water into Sutlej that flows into Pakistan from India as part of an attempt to flout the Indus Water Treaty! In accusing India, he went beyond his […]

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Mekong: When The River Runs Dry

Via The Interpreter, commentary on the impact that both drought and upstream water releases are having on the Mekong River: It has been a bad year for the Mekong. An unusually long period of drought has brought water levels to some of the lowest measurements in recent years. There are fears that the drought will have […]

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Uzbekistan’s Impending Water Crisis

Via The Diplomat, a report on Uzbekistan’s impending water crisis: In November 2018, the first turbine of the Rogun hydropower plant went into operation. On September 9, 2019, the second turbine will be commissioned in honor of Tajikistan’s Independence Day. Tashkent has kept quiet — a break from the country’s past strident opposition to the dam project. […]

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The Parched Tiger: India’s Water-Stressed Future Is Now

Courtesy of STRATFOR (subscription required), a look at India’s water crisis and when the day – likely not far off - is here when water will be the most critical factor shaping India’s economic growth: Large parts of India experienced severe drought early this summer, followed by a delayed monsoon that arrived in a full deluge. […]

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