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Archive for August, 2020

Cambodia’s Biggest Lake Is Running Dry

Via National Geographic, a report on how drought and dams have pushed Cambodia’s Tonle Sap Lake into dangerous decline, threatening its swamp forests and the fish nurseries there that provide most of the nation’s protein: Hun Sotharith recalls when he moved to Cambodia’s Tonle Sap Lake to become a fisherman. It was the early 1990s, […]

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Water Wars To Increasingly Fuel African and Middle East Conflicts

Via South Africa’s Daily Maverick, commentary on how water shortages and transboundary water conflicts are fuelling conflicts across Africa and the Middle East: The planet is heating up fast. Nowhere is this more evident than in the Middle East and Africa where the impacts on water security and food security can exacerbate the conflict dynamics […]

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Fight Over The Nile: Preview of Climate Change Diplomacy

Via Slate, a look at how a fight over the world’s longest river is a preview of climate change diplomacy: The Book of Genesis describes the pharaoh of Egypt having two dreams: one in which he is standing by the Nile and sees seven fat cows devoured by seven thin cows, and one in which he […]

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Debt on the Nile? Sharing Rivers on the African Continent

Via The Wilson Center, a look at international coordination along the Nile: Trouble is brewing on the Nile. For years, use of the river was mainly about the needs of Egypt, by far the largest and most powerful riparian country in the basin. But since the Arab Spring of 2011, the situation has changed considerably. […]

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Cape Town Taps Into ‘One Of World’s Biggest Aquifers’

Via Times Live, a report on Cape Town’s inaugural use of a new source of underground water: Not long ago, Cape Town stood on the threshold of being the first major city in the world to run out of water. And while this was ultimately avoided, the city took no chances. In a move to end […]

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Missing: 1.5 Billion Tons Of Water

Via The Washington Post, a look at the impact of the Colorado River’s decreasing flows: On New Year’s Day in 2018, Paul Kehmeier and his father drove up Grand Mesa until they got to the county line, 10,000 feet above sea level. Instead of the three to five feet of snow that should have been […]

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