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Archive for November, 2022

French Police Guard Water As Seasonal Drought Intensifies

Courtesy of the New York Times, a report on how police are guarding new reservoirs designed to supply French farms with water in increasingly arid growing seasons: Wearing bulletproof vests and carrying guns, the gendarmes appear suddenly in the middle of farm fields misted by morning rain. They stand behind two fences equipped with security […]

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Time To Stop Blaming The Compact?

Via Sustainable Waters, commentary on the Colorado River Compact and the conclusion that the true reason we are experiencing a water shortage crisis in the Colorado River Basin is not because of flaws in the Compact, but rather because we have been unable to reduce our use of water commensurate with the reality that the river […]

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In Drought-Hit Iraq, A Dam Threatens To Swallow Farmland

Via Al Monitor, an article on a dam in drought-hit Iraq that threatens farmland: Jamil al-Juburi, 53, has never left his village in northern Iraq, where his family has worked the land for generations — but a dam will soon swallow his home, forcing them out. Tens of thousands of Iraqis are threatened by the […]

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All Regions Experienced Water Extremes in 2021: UN

Via Terra Daily, an article on world’s water challenges in 2021: All regions of the world saw water extremes last year — both floods and droughts — and billions of people had insufficient freshwater, the United Nations said on Tuesday. Large areas of the planet recorded drier than normal conditions in 2021, the UN’s World […]

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‘Free Water’ Was Never Free, According To Historian of the American West

Via The Revelator, commentary on how subsidized water cultivated the West, but this required becoming increasingly profligate with the region’s scarcest resource. The West uses too much water. For such a simple problem, the obvious solution — use less — lies frustratingly out of reach. That inability to change may seem hard to understand, but […]

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Engineers Warn of ‘Severe’ Groundwater Shortage In Northwest Pakistan

Via Third Pole, reports of a ‘severe’ groundwater shortage in northwest Pakistan: Takht-e-Nasrati in northern Pakistan was once known for its lush greenery. But over the past 10 years local people say life has become very different in this area of Karak district, in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Tubewells have dried up, forcing residents to dig deeper in […]

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