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Archive for August, 2022

The Thirsty Dragon: China’s Scorching Heat and Hydropower Missteps Test Nation’s Power Grid

Via the Wall Street Journal, an article on how the drought and Chinese officials’ underestimating the recent heat wave led to ‘lights out’ on Shanghai’s Bund: China’s drought this month closed factories, forced commuters to ride in the dark and turned out the lights on the historic Bund walkway in central Shanghai. The energy shortage caused […]

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Ethiopia Braces For Deeper Drought

Via Ethiopia’s The Reporter, an article on how Ethiopia is bracing for a deeper drought as IGAD predicts fifth failed rainy season: Drought-affected areas in the Southern and Eastern parts of Ethiopia may not get sufficient rain in the coming rainy season, according to a new projection issued by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD). […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: China’s Drought Dries Up Industry

Via The Economist, an article on the economic impact of China’s drought: The city rivalty is heating up between Shanghai and Chengdu. The highest temperatures and lowest rainfall since records began 60 years ago have led to severe power shortages across the south-western province of Sichuan, where Chengdu is located, and in its neighbouring municipality, […]

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Iran Launches Desalination Project at Bushehr Nuclear Plant

Via Tasmin News, an article on a new desalination project in Iran: A major water desalination project was brought into operation at the Bushehr nuclear power plant in south of Iran on Friday. Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Mohammad Eslami inaugurated Iran’s first nuclear-powered desalination plant during a visit to the […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: China’s Record Drought Is Drying Rivers and Feeding Its Coal Habit

Courtesy of The New York Times, an article on how dry weather in southwestern China has crippled huge hydroelectric dams, forcing cities to impose rolling blackouts and driving up the country’s use of coal: Car assembly plants and electronics factories in southwestern China have closed for lack of power. Owners of electric cars are waiting […]

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Hundreds Protest Lack Of Water In Iran’s Drought-Hit West

Via Terra Daily, an article on the latest water-related protests in Iran: Hundreds of protesters have taken to the streets in western Iran over a lack of drinking water and the inability of officials to solve the problem, state media said Thursday. Iran, a largely arid country, has for years suffered chronic dry spells and […]

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