Archive for January, 2011

Nepal: Power To The People?

Via China Dialogue, an in-depth look at the issues surrounding Nepal’s hydropower potential: “With winter in full swing, the spectre of planned power cuts, euphemistically called “load shedding”, is haunting Nepal’s electricity consumers. The country’s citizens dread this time of year, which not only brings the Himalayan chill but also the inevitable power shortages, beginning […]

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Water Diplomacy

Courtesy of The Consensus Building Approach blog, an interesting theoretical construct for water diplomacy: “Managing the flow of water, as a river moves through several countries or across sub-state boundaries, can be extremely difficult. If the upstream riparians divert too much, the downstream countries are left empty-handed. If the upstream users don’t maintain water quality, […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: Millions Face Water Shortages In China

Via China Daily, an updated report on the severe drought currently affecting China: “Some wheat-growing regions, including Shandong, Henan, Hebei, Anhui, Shanxi and Jiangsu provinces, have received little rainfall since October. More than 4 million hectares of crops across the nation have been plagued by the drought, according to the latest statistics from the Office […]

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The Drying Of The West

Courtesy of The Economist, an interesting report on the dwindling Colorado River and the water scarcity’s effect on the southwestern U.S. STANDING on the Hoover Dam and looking upstream at Lake Mead, America’s largest reservoir, the visitor notices a wide, white band ringing the cliffs. Nicknamed “the bathtub ring”, this discolouration comes from minerals that […]

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Tibetan Plateau: Needing An International Treaty For Its Protection

Via India’s Economic Times, a detailed article on the need for an international treaty to protect the Tibetan Plateau: “Like Antarctica and the Arctic, the Tibetan Plateau, known as the “Third Pole,” is drawing global attention in the international and regional policy communities. The Tibetan Plateau covers an area of 2.5 million square kilometers, with […]

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Blue Peace? Water Scarcity As A Catalyst For Reducing Conflict In The Middle East

Via Terra Daily, an interesting article on a new report suggesting that water scarcity in the Middle East can be the catalyst for reducing, rather than causing, conflict in the volatile region.  As the article notes: “…The report entitled “The Blue Peace: Rethinking Middle East Water,” issued by the Carnegie Middle East Center, suggests that […]

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