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Archive for June, 2022

Water Security: Now A Key US Foreign Policy Priority

Via GreenBiz, an article on water security now becoming a key part of US foreign policy: For the first time, the United States government will approach water scarcity as a national security issue, Vice President Kamala Harris said this week.  The policy shift is part of the newly announced White House Action Plan on Global Water […]

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Industrial Agriculture Is Threatened By Access To Key Resources From Water To Healthy Soils

Via Forbes, an article on how industrial agriculture is threatened by access to key resources from water to healthy soils: As a devastating and historic drought from Illinois to Texas to California grinds on, sophisticated mapping and data projection bring more bad news: Agricultural areas are among the places in the U.S. experiencing the highest temperature […]

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How Much Progress Has Been Made On Kyrgyz-Uzbek Water Cooperation?

Via the Third Pole, a look at signs that improving relations between Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan could lead to better management of water: Since the collapse of the USSR in 1991, tensions over water have repeatedly sparked conflict in Central Asia. But experts have told The Third Pole they are hopeful that improved relations between Uzbekistan and […]

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A Water Strategy for the Parched West

Via The Conversation, a report on the idea of having cities pay farmers to install more efficient irrigation systems as a way of helping water availability in the parched West:  “Are you going to run out of water?” is the first question people ask when they find out I’m from Arizona. The answer is that some […]

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Is Eastern Africa’s Drought The Worst in Recent History? Are Worse Yet To Come?

Via The Conversation, an article on the drought in eastern Africa: Large areas of Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya are currently in the grip of a severe drought. An estimated 16.7 million people face acute food insecurity. That’s more than the combined populations of Austria and Switzerland. Four consecutive rainy seasons have now failed since late 2020, a […]

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Mismanagement of Water Resources: Root of Pakistan’s Drought

Via The Third Pole, commentary on Pakistan’s water scarcity crisis: More than 80% of the population in Pakistan faces ‘severe water scarcity’. Without change, this is projected to increase. With the water crisis looming over the country, Umer Karim, a development sector professional, sat down with The Third Pole. Karim has been working in the field of […]

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