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Archive for January, 2020

Could Pakistan Run Out Of Water?

Via National Interest, a look at Pakistan’s water crisis and whether Pakistani politics will become a fight for resources: When it comes to Pakistan, President Trump’s Twitter feud with one of America’s most important partners in the fight against terrorism has dominated the news. But beneath the headlines, a massive water crisis is unfolding that has profound […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: China’s Water Tower Facing Extreme Stress

Via China Water Risk, a report on the Tarim Basin which is China’s ‘Water Tower’ which is facing ‘extremely high’ water stress: The Tarim Basin is China’s ‘Water Tower’ with 41% of its ice but also >1/3 of it faces ‘extremely high’ water stress It is one of the world’s largest cotton producing regions; tariff hikes […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: China’s First River Law Set To Push Green Transition

Via Silk Road.earth, a report on China’s first river law: China has drafted its first-ever river law for its largest river, the Yangtze. After passing the first-round review at the National People’s Congress, the draft is currently under public consultation until 26 January 2020. This is one of China’s latest actions to tackle resource constraints and […]

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Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan Reach Draft Dam Deal

Via the BBC, an report that Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan have reached an initial deal on the filling and operation of what will be Africa’s biggest hydro-electric dam: Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan have reached an initial deal on the filling and operation of what will be Africa’s biggest hydro-electric dam. The three nations agreed, following a […]

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Feeding Ourselves Thirsty

Via China Water Risk, a look at Ceres’ latest benchmarking report which finds the food sector has improved in managing water risk, but more is needed: With USD415bn at risk from lack of water for irrigation/livestock & USD248bn at risk from changing rainfall patterns affecting crops, Ceres has assessed the food industry on water risk management […]

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Water Crises Again Ranked a Top Global Risk in World Economic Forum Report

As reported by Circle of Blue, for the first time in the history of the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report, environmental concerns — including water crises, failure to adapt to climate change, and biodiversity loss — dominate the top long-term risks. The report underscores systemic and potentially disruptive geopolitical risks related to the environment, […]

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