Defining the Geopolitics of a Thirsty WorldSM
50 Years of Protecting and Restoring the Great Lakes

Via The Conversation, a look at 50 years of US-Canada joint efforts to protect and restore the Great Lakes: The Great Lakes cover nearly 95,000 square miles (250,000 square kilometers) and hold over 20% of Earth’s surface fresh water. More than 30 million people in the U.S. and Canada rely on them for drinking water. The lakes support a multibillion-dollar maritime economy, […]

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Grim Drought Outlook for Western U.S. As Climate Change Brings Hotter, Thirstier Atmosphere

Via The Conversation, a report on the grim 2022 drought outlook for Western US as climate change brings a hotter, thirstier atmosphere: Much of the western U.S. has been in the grip of an unrelenting drought since early 2020. The dryness has coincided with record-breaking wildfires, intense and long-lasting heat waves, low stream flows and dwindling water supplies in reservoirs that millions of […]

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The Parched Tiger: Waiting For The Water Train In Scorching India

Via Terra Daily, a report on the particular impact that India’s current heat wave is having upon communities already suffering from water scarcity: Afroz misses school every day to spend hours waiting with a handcart full of containers for a special train bringing precious water to people suffering a heatwave in India’s desert state of […]

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Water Scarcity Impacting 40% Of The World’s Population

Via UBS, an investment brief on water scarcity: More than 98% of the Southwest is in drought this week, according to the monitor, which noted that reservoir storage levels were below-normal in all Western states except for Washington. In California, which is entirely in drought conditions, two of the state’s largest reservoirs — Shasta Lake […]

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Turkey Rejects Iran Accusations Over Dam-Building Activity

Via Terra Daily, an article on Turkey’s response to Iranian accusations over dam-building activity: Turkey’s foreign ministry on Thursday dismissed Iranian criticism that Ankara’s dam-building activity was responsible for drought. “Claims that dams in Turkey cause sand and dust storms in our geography are far from scientific,” ministry spokesman Tanju Bilgic said in a statement. […]

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World’s Top Five Risks Are All Water Related

Via SIWI, a report noting that the world’s top five risks are all water-related: Every year, the World Economic Forum asks some 1,000 decision-makers from the public sector, business, academia and civil society across the globe to assess the risks facing the world over the decade to come. This year’s Global Risks Report, the 15th, stands […]

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