Archive for September, 2009

The Thirsty Dragon: “Cornering” India To Control Water?

Via, commentary on what some view as recent Chinese efforts to “corner” India by increasing its diplomatic and military relations with the countries bordering India as part of a strategy to control vital water resources in the future.  As the article notes: “…China has been trying hard to give further impetus to its relationship […]

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India: Dying of Thirst

Via The Toronto Star, a detailed review of India’s water woes and a particularly pessimistic prediction on what may arise as the situation grows even more dire in the years ahead, namely: “…In a decade, India could look like Darfur,” says Vandana Shiva, a nuclear physicist who has become a well-known water activist based in […]

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Water: A Possible Weapon Of Mass Destruction?

Via the BBC, a report detailing the recent water tragedy on the Korean peninsula in which high flows on the transboundary Imjin River that swept away six South Koreans. The North Koreans, who have a dam on the river, explained that excessively high inflows forced them to release  a large amount of water from the […]

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Turkey Unable To Give More Water To Iraq And Syria

Via Terra Daily, an update on the difficult situation facing Turkey, Iraq, and Syria over sharing the Tigris and Euphrates rivers.  As the article notes: “…Turkey cannot give more water to Iraq and Syria, Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said Thursday as officials from the three neighbours met here to discuss the sharing of the Tigris […]

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The Drought Crescent: Water Politics In The Middle East

Via Conde Nest’s Traveler, an interesting report on Jordan which sits at the center of nations competing for scarce water resources amid a controversial plan to tap the Red Sea.  As the article notes, these lands were part of what was once called the Fertile Crescent, where three great rivers—the Nile, the Tigris, and the […]

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Water Politics, The Afghan War, and Climate Change

Via Greenfryer, a report that among the many causes for conflict in southern Afghanistan, the lack of water may be to blame.  As the article notes, Pakistan receives some of the waters of the Kabul River, and Iran from the Helmand, both of which are suffering from drought & climate change: “…Those who follow the […]

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