Archive for July, 2008

Water Scarcity and Trans-Boundary Tensions In The Deserts of Central Asia

Via The Guardian, an interesting look at the issue of water scarcity in the deserts of central Asia.  As the article notes: “…Water is a precious resource in the desert lands of Central Asia, where only the Aral Sea and a few rivers must provide enough water for the region’s 60 million people. But while […]

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Water rights’ present conflict potential between Turkey, Europe, and Middle East

Per a recent article in Turkey’s Today’s Zaman, a new dispute has surfaced between Europeans and Turkish officials over water rights.  As the article notes: “…Sources from the Turkish environment and foreign ministries said that some members of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) indicated at the assembly’s meeting last month that […]

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U.S. – Entering an Era of Freshwater Scarcity

Circle of Blue recently offered two interesting articles on the impending era of freshwater scarcity in the United States.  The first noted that: “…builders in the Southeast are confronting limits to planting gardens and lawns for new houses as a result of local water restrictions prompted by a continuing drought. The Ogallala Aquifer, the vast […]

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Water: A Core Issue of Any Palestinian-Israeli Peace Accord

As reported by Reuters, taps have run dry in West Bank towns and Palestinians face acute water shortages as dry weather strains supplies already restricted by Israel.  As the article notes: “…Parts of major West Bank cities such as Jenin, Hebron and Bethlehem have had no running water for about a month and even faucets […]

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California: Water Wars On The Boil

Courtesy of PBS’s NewsHour, a detailed report on the fact that – for the first time since the early 1990s – California is facing a summer of potential water shortages. The rains tapered off this spring, producing the second dry year in a row and causing Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to declare a statewide drought.  As […]

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Great Lakes Water Compact – Update

Via Water Wired, news that the Great Lakes Compact is one step closer to reality. As the article notes, all eight US Great Lakes Basin states have approved the measure; Congress now has to give its blessing. The Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec have signed on. Although Quebec does not border any of the […]

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