Archive for 2008

The Thirsty Dragon: South-North Diversion Delays

Via Reuters, an update on China’s ambitious South-North Water Diversion, namely a likely delay.  As the report notes: “…China has postponed completing a huge water transfer project to quench its national capital’s thirst, citing stubborn pollution worries for pushing the target date back four years to 2014, official media said on Saturday. The South-North Water […]

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Could Siberian River Water Be Diverted to Save a Drying/Dying Aral Sea?

Via Window on Eurasia, an interesting look at how the rapid drying up of the Aral Sea in Central Asia – it is likely to completely disappear within months – has sparked new interest in the possibility that Moscow could divert Siberian river water to the region to save not only the sea but also […]

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Better Red than Dead? Jordan’s Proposed Peace Canal

Via Terra Daily, details on a proposed Jordanian plan to haul water from the Red Sea to replenish the Dead Sea.  As the article notes: “…The 3.5-billion-euro (4.5-billion-dollar) “Peace Canal” is the heart of the government’s vision of slaking thirst in a country that is mostly bone-dry desert and one of the 10 driest places […]

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Terrorism: A Different Type of Water Threat In The Middle East

Via The Khaleej Times, an article on a different kind of water war threat in the Middle East.  As the report notes: “…Prince Khaled Bin Sultan, assistant minister of defence and aviation for military affairs, has urged Arab countries to take precautions against possible terror attacks on water resources. Inaugurating the Third International Conference on […]

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A Pirate Map for Future Water Wars

Via the Water SISWEB, a sobering article on how – as the need for fresh water increases – growing populations across the globe will increasingly turn to groundwater to slake their thirst. As the article notes, UNESCO’s World-wide Hydrogeological Mapping and Assessment Programme (WHYMAP) map can serve as a guide to the world’s groundwater resources […]

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Global Climate Change May Lead to Increased Violence

Via The Houston Chronicle, an article detailing the potential for global climate change to lead to violence.  As the article notes: “…A warmer planet could find itself more often at war …Shifting temperatures lead to shifting populations, they say, and that throws together groups with long-standing rivalries and thrusts them into competition for food and […]

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