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Archive for February, 2021

The Parched Tiger: India’s Water Crisis

Via Asia & The Pacific Policy forum, an article on India’s water crisis: A blind spot in India’s water governance landscape is costing the country more than a third of its ready-to-use water, Muskan Saxena, Himmat Singh Bakshi, and Eeshan Chaturvedi write. Of the total water available on earth, only around 2.5 per cent is fresh […]

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What Does China’s BRI Mean for Central Asia’s Water Future?

Via Eurasianet, a report that the Belt and Road Initiative could exacerbate Central Asia’s water tensions, and Beijing seems to have thought little about the risks: For Central Asia, China’s Belt and Road Initiative is the biggest infrastructure drive in generations. And like the Soviet mega dams, mines, and devastating cotton monoculture that preceded it, the BRI […]

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Dam Agreement Highlights India’s Water Power Gambit in Afghanistan

Via The Diplomat, a report on a recent agreement between India and Afghanistan regarding the construction of a new dam: Amid Afghanistan’s political churn, New Delhi and Kabul signed a $236 million dollar deal for the construction of Shahtoot Dam on February 9. This developmental project would provide safe drinking water to approximately 2.2. million people and […]

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The Thirsty Dragon and Parched Tiger: China To Build World’s Biggest Dam on Sacred Tibetan River

Via Al Jazeera, an article on China’s plan to build the world’s biggest dam on the Tsangpo River: In the foothills of the Himalayas, where the ancient Yarlung civilisation established the first Tibetan Empire, China has plans to build the world’s biggest hydroelectric dam. In November of last year, China’s state-owned media shared plans for […]

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The Dam That Broke Open an Ethiopia-Egypt Dispute

Via the Carnegie Middle East Center, an article on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam: In a phone conversation that took place in October 2020, then U.S. president Donald Trump warned Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok that Egypt might end up “blowing up” the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), the construction of which is progressing apace despite the […]

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The Colorado River Crisis Is a National Crisis

Via The New Republic, an article on how Colorado River drought and water supply issues could soon affect 12 percent of Americans: The Colorado River supports over 40 million people spread across seven southwestern states, 29 tribal nations, and Mexico. It’s responsible for the irrigation of roughly 5.5 million acres of land marked for agricultural […]

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