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Water Conflicts On The Rise

Via Statista, a graphical report on global water conflicts: The number of water conflicts is increasing in most regions of the world, as shown in this infographic based on data from the Pacific Institute. The hotspot is Asia, which has the highest number of conflicts in absolute terms and the strongest recent growth in conflicts. Only […]

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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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Water Wars: Causes And Possible Solutions

Via Eurasia Review, commentary on the prospect of water wars: Will today’s wars  over oil be over water in the future? For years this question has been at the heart of a scientific debate on the causes of these wars and how they should be studied. A study published in the prestigious Nature Sustainability by a group […]

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Salton Sea: A ‘Bargaining Chip’ In Fight For Colorado River Water

Via the Los Angeles Times, an article on how California’s Salton Sea is being used as a bargaining chip in the fight for Colorado River water: As water tensions heighten, Arizona and California are fighting over the Colorado River. And people who live around Southern California’s Salton Sea may bear some of the repercussions. The Salton Sea is California’s […]

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Can Pricing Groundwater Help Solve California’s Water Problems?

Via the Bay Area’s Local News, commentary on the potential that pricing groundwater may offer to solve California’s water problems: In the face of  of its worst drought in centuries, California is finally getting around to regulating its groundwater use. As an agricultural economist who studies water regulation in California, I think this is a unique […]

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Water Security in Africa in the Age of Global Climate Change

Courtesy of Daedalus, a look at water security in Africa in the our age of global climate change: This essay explores the multiple ways in which the nexuses between water scarcity and climate change are socially and historically grounded in ordinary people’s lived experiences and are embedded in specific fields of power. Here we specifically […]

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