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Iran Slams Turkey’s Upstream Dam-Building Activity

Via Terra Daily, a report on growing water tension between Iran and Turkey: Iran on Tuesday described as “unacceptable” upstream dam-building by neighbouring Turkey on shared waterways, calling on its neighbour to cease such activity. “Turkey’s construction of dams on the border waters is unacceptable and we oppose it,” Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian was […]

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Decades On, Pakistan Is Still Seeking A Kabul River Agreement

Via The Third Pole, an article on how the absence of a functioning government in upstream Afghanistan has hampered treaty efforts for the major Indus tributary: For decades, Pakistan has been seeking an agreement with Afghanistan on the Kabul River. But a treaty agreeing the management and allocation of water between the two countries remains […]

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How Much Water Did Iran Lose Over The Last Two Decades?

Via Science Direct, a new study on Iran’s water and recent losses: Highlights  Iran has lost about 211 ± 34 km3 of its total water storage over the last two decades. Relative to 1983–2002, Iran has gained precipitation at the rate of 4.9 ± 0.02 km3/yr. Despite overall gain, 11 basins have been in water deficit since 2007. Within 2003–2016, the groundwater […]

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Outlawing Lawns: Las Vegas’ New Approach to Saving Water

Courtesy of the New York Times, a report on how Las Vegas – with drought and growth taking a toll on the Colorado River, the source of 90 percent of the region’s water – has a new law mandating the removal of turf, patch by patch: It was a perfectly decent patch of lawn, several […]

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Brahmaputra Dams Made By China Reduce Water Level: Halt Indo-Bangladesh River Trade

Via Eurasia Review, commentary on the impact that Chinese dams on the Brahmaputra may have upon downstream water levels and Bangladesh/Indian trade: At a time when the entire human race is crying out for protection of the environment and ecological balance, which are largely lost due to the actions of careless people, capitalists and anti-environmental […]

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Egypt Braces For Third-Stage Filling Of Nile Dam

Via Al Monitor, an article on Egypt’s continued effort to implement projects for water management, in light of the third filling of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam: Before the start of the third-stage filling of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam’s (GERD) reservoir and with the start of the planting season in the summer, Cairo is considering […]

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