Archive for August, 2009

River Wars? Increasing Tension Between Iraq, Turkey, and Syria

Via The Guardian, an ominous update on the ever increasing tension & crisis between Iraq, Turkey, and Syria over water levels in the Euphrates.  As the article notes: “…A water shortage described as the most critical since the earliest days of Iraq’s civilisation is threatening to leave up to 2 million people in the south […]

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Water Pressure On Pakistan

Via Reuters, a pessimistic report that Pakistan is running out of water so fast that the shortage will strangulate all water-based economic activity in the country by 2015.  This looming water pressure – in a politically dynamic state such as Pakistan with a neighbor (India) drawing from the same water source – is ominous.  As […]

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Good To The Last Drop: An Imminent Last Straw For Water Policy?

Via The Washington Post, an interesting commentary on water shortages, water politics, and the use of market mechanisms to help address the growing problem of freshwater scarcity.  As the article notes: “…In the United States, we constantly fret about running out of oil. But we should be paying more attention to another limited natural resource: […]

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Central Asia: Upstream & Downstream Conflict Between Energy & Water

Via Columbia University’s Earth Institute, a detailed examination of the challenges facing the Central Asian region over water resource management.  As the article notes: “…Water resources management in the Central Asia region faces formidable challenges. The hydrological regimes of the two major rivers in the region, the Syr Darya and the Amu Darya, are complex […]

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Lake Victoria: Falling Water Levels Give Rise To Increased Politics

Courtesy of The New York Times, an interesting look at the complex issues surrounding Lake Victoria (border confusion, climate change, and waning water & marine resources.  As the report notes: “…Migingo, Lake Victoria — This little island doesn’t look like much. It’s a slab of rock, not even an acre big, packed with rusty metal […]

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No More Southern Hospitality: A Tri-State Battle For Water

Via The New York Times, an in-depth review of the ongoing conflict between Georgia, Alabama, and Florida over water.  As the article notes: “…A recent court defeat has left Atlanta howling that its enemies, including Alabama and Florida, are trying to choke off the city’s prosperity, if not out of sheer spite then at least […]

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