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Archive for May, 2022

‘Flash Droughts’ U.S. Midwest’s Next Big Climate Threat

Via Grist, an article on ‘flash droughts’, potentially the Midwest’s next big climate threat: September in Oklahoma is typically a rainy season, when farmers take advantage of the state’s third-wettest month to plant winter wheat. But last year, many were caught off guard by abnormally dry weather that descended without warning. In the span of […]

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Iconic Iran River Threatened By Droughts, Diversions

Via Terra Daily, an article on an iconic Iranian river under threat: The famed river bridges of the Iranian city of Isfahan are a beloved tourist draw — but much of the time their stone arches span just sand and rocks, not water. Drought and upstream water diversions have seen the Zayandeh Rood, “fertile river” […]

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Pakistan’s Water Crisis

Via Frontier Post, an article on Pakistan’s water crisis: Depleting surface and ground water resource has rung alarm bells for the policy makers with country touching the scarcity bench mark due to per capita water availability dwindling six times since independence. Absence of sufficient water storages, rising temperature and rampant wastage of irrigation water was […]

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Key Iraq Irrigation Reservoir Close To Drying Out

Via Terra Daily, an article on Iraq’s drought: Iraq’s Lake Hamrin, a once-vast reservoir northeast of Baghdad that is the sole source of water for irrigation across Diyala province, has nearly dried out, a senior official said Friday. Successive years of low rainfall and a sharp reduction in the flow of water down the Sirwan […]

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Iran: Plans To Pursue Water Dispute With Afghanistan Via Legal Channels

Via the Iran Project, an article on Iran’s plans to to pursue the its international water dispute with Afghanistan through legal channels: Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh says the country will pursue its rights to water supply from the Hirmand River through legal channels amid a longstanding water dispute with neighboring Afghanistan. Speaking to IRNA […]

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With Severe Drought, Urgent Need To Rework Colorado River Compact

Via the LA Times, an article on the need to rework the Colorado River compact: One hundred years after a landmark agreement divided the waters of the Colorado River among Western states, the pact is now showing its age as a hotter and drier climate has shrunk the river. The flow of the Colorado has […]

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