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Poor Water Management Costs Pakistan $12 Billion Per Year

Via ProPakistani, a report on the significant impact that poor water management has upon Pakistan: Poor water resource management is estimated to cost Pakistan $12 billion per annum (4 percent of GDP), with the degradation of the Indus Delta costing another $2 billion. The Ministry of Climate Change in its report “Living Indus: Investing in […]

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World’s Rivers are Running Dry Today

Via China Water Risk, commentary on the challenges facing many of the world’s most important rivers: Indus faced mega flood while Yangtze, Colorado, Rhine & Po suffered droughts, running dry in sections. Power (down 50% in some regions), factories & transportation disrupted Crops were destroyed but rivers also support chunks of GDP: YREB (US$5.3trn), Colorado […]

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As Himalayan Glaciers Melt, A Water Crisis Looms In South Asia

Via Yale e360, a look at how – as warmer air is thinning most of the vast mountain range’s glaciers, known as the Third Pole because they contain so much ice – the melting could have far-reaching consequences for flood risk and for water security for a billion people who rely on meltwater for their […]

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Are ‘Water Wars’ Coming to Asia?

Via The Diplomat, a look at how climate change-induced water loss in the Tibetan Plateau further challenges water security from Central to Southeast Asia: A recently published study by a team of scientists from the University of Texas in Austin, Penn State, and Tsinghua University in Nature climate change journal found that terrestrial water storage (TWS) in the Qinghai-Tibet […]

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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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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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