Defining the Geopolitics of a Thirsty WorldSM
Is A Water Crisis Brewing Between Turkey And Iran?

Via Al Monitor, a look at the growing discord between Turkey and Iran over transboundary waters and dam construction: A row over transboundary waters is simmering between Turkey and Iran, adding to recent tensions over the formation of a new government in Iraq and the control of the Iraqi region of Sinjar. Irked by Turkey’s construction […]

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The Parched Tiger: India’s Wells Are Drying Up

Via Mongabay, an article on the growing groundwater crisis in India: Borewells around the Narmada river in Madhya Pradesh are drying up which indicate groundwater depletion in the river basin. The natural flow of the river has also been affected due to rampant sand mining and the construction of big dams. Overexploitation of river water, […]

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More Than 75% of the World Could Face Drought by 2050, UN Warns

Via EcoWatch, an article on a very sobering UN report about global water scarcity: The climate crisis is making droughts more frequent and longer-lasting, a new UN report has announced.  The report, Drought in Numbers, 2022, was released Wednesday in honor of Drought Day at the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)’s 15th Conference of Parties (COP15) taking place […]

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Saving The Mekong Delta From Drowning

Via Terra Daily, a report on the Mekong Delta: Southeast Asia’s most productive agricultural region and home to 17 million people could be mostly underwater within a lifetime. Saving the Mekong River Delta requires urgent, concerted action among countries in the region to lessen the impact of upstream dams and better manage water and sediments […]

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U.S. Interstate River Compacts Written For A West Far Different From Today

Via The Conversation, a report on how America’s western river compacts were innovative in the 1920s but couldn’t foresee today’s water challenges: The Western U.S. is in a water crisis, from California to Nebraska. An ongoing drought is predicted to last at least through July 2022. Recent research suggests that these conditions may be better labeled aridification – meaning that warming and […]

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The Biggest Potential Water Disaster in the United States

Via The New Yorker Magazine, an article on how – in California – millions of residents and thousands of farmers depend on the Bay-Delta for fresh water, but they can’t agree on how to protect it: The Sacramento is California’s largest river. It arises near the lower slopes of Mt. Shasta, in the northernmost part […]

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