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The Thirsty Dragon: Chinese Lithium Find In Himalayas Raises Alarm Over Water

Via EcoBusiness, an article on the potential hydro implications of recent Chinese claim of having found a “super large” deposit of lithium near Mount Everest: The recent discovery near Mount Everest of “super large” deposits of lithium, the key element in the batteries powering electric vehicles, has raised concerns over the fate of water resources in the region. […]

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The Parched Tiger: Ganga, Brahmaputra, Indus water levels to rise by 2050

Via Times of India, an article on the forecasted rise in Brahmaputra and Indus rivers by 2050: The Indus, Ganga and Brahmaputra river basins, which provide water to the most densely populated areas of south Asia, will see an increase in river ‘runoff’ by 2050 and 2100, according to projections by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change […]

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International Hydro-Diplomacy

Via The Stimson Center, an article on a call to action on transboundary water governance in the Himalayan region, Central Asia, and the Euphrates-Tigris river basin: Water, a resource that is becoming increasingly scarce, is critical in sustaining human life. The last century has witnessed a multifold increase in global water demand despite its waning availability. […]

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Over 1B People Affected If Himalayan Glaciers Continue To Melt

Via India Today, a report on how continuous melting of Himalayan glacier may threaten rivers from the Indus to Brahmaputra: Water volume and flow in rivers like Indus, Ganga and Brahmaputra are set to increase excessively as snow and glaciers continue to melt due to climate change. The change in water volume and flow could […]

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2B People To Face Water Shortages As Ice On The World’s Highest Mountains Melts

As reported by UNDP, two billion people will face water shortages as ice on the Tibetan plateau melts: Asia’s Hindu Kush-Himalayan mountain ranges could lose up to two thirds of its ice by 2100, causing water and food shortages for over two billion people in the downstream river basins of South and East Asia, according […]

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The Thirsty Dragon and Parched Tiger: China’s Plans for Himalayan Super Dam Stoke Fears In India

Via Terra Daily, another look at the China’s plans for a Himalayan super dam: China is planning a mega dam in Tibet able to produce triple the electricity generated by the Three Gorges — the world’s largest power station — stoking fears among environmentalists and in neighbouring India. The structure will span the Brahmaputra River before […]

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