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The Parched Tiger: The Colonial Impact On India’s Water Systems

Via Vardhman Envirotech, commentary on the colonial impact on India’s approach to water: Within a year of its independence, India turned off a tap. The Indus water partition had left India in possession of the Ferozepur headwork’s that fed Pakistan’s fields. Friction over Kashmir and water intertwined and India cut off water supply for Lahore […]

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The Parched Tiger: India, Bangladesh Sign Pact on Sharing Waters of Kushiyara River

Via The Diplomat, a report that India and Bangladesh agreed to a new arrangement regarding sharing the Kushiyara River, but the Teesta River remains unresolved: India and Bangladesh on Tuesday signed a water-sharing agreement and six other pacts, including ones on space technology and scientific collaboration, aimed at boosting ties between the two countries. Bangladesh Prime […]

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New Weather Patterns Are Turning Water Into a Weapon

Via Bloomberg, a report on how the melting glaciers of the Himalayas have become a political tool in the tussle between China, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh: It’s well below freezing as Renoj Thayyen climbs to the weather station high up in India’s Karakoram mountains, his Koflach boots crunching shin-deep into the snow. The 50-year-old hydrologist […]

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The Parched Tiger: 80% Water Loss Projected In Indus Basin Due To Climate Change

Via The New Indian Express, an article on the staggering 80 per cent water loss projected in the Indus basin by mid-century due to climate change: An irreversible decline in freshwater storage projected in parts of Asia due to climate change could impact 2 billion people living downstream of the Tibetan Plateau as it could pose […]

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Tapped Out: Central Asia Might Completely Run Out of Freshwater by 2060

Via Daily Beast, a report on the challenging water future facing Central Asia: The impact of climate change is typically about extremes—and, sometimes, conflicting ones. On the one hand, upticks in global temperatures are expected to melt more glaciers and ice shelves and lead to a dangerous rise in sea levels. On the other hand, we can […]

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The Parched Tiger: Why Monsoon Season Will Not Solve India’s Water Crisis

Courtesy of The Economist, a look at why monsoon season will not solve India’s water crisis: After a scorching summer, most parts of India are enjoying a drenching from monsoons that arrived in late May. But the downpours will provide only limited relief. Several eastern and northern states had the driest July on record; the India Meteorological […]

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