Archive for October, 2011

The Thirsty Dragon: Over-Exploitation of Hydropower May Threaten Parent Rivers in China

Via The Worldwatch Institute, a report on how the over-exploitation of hydropower may threaten parent rivers in China.  As the article notes: “…Yongding River is the parent river, the main segment of a river system that is fed by smaller tributary rivers, of Beijing. For more than 3,000 years, the river provided drinking water to […]

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High & Dry: Why The World May Be Running Out Of Clean Water

Via Time, a report on the Pacific Institute’s recently released seventh volume of The World’s Water: Earlier this month, officials in the South Pacific island nation of Tuvalu had to confront a pretty dire problem: they were running out of water. Due to a severe and lasting drought, water reserves in this country of 11,000 […]

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Egypt and Sudan Angry Over Nile Basin Development

Via BikyaMasr, an article on Egypt’s and Sudan’s anger over Nile Basin development: Egypt and Sudan are worried and frustrated over recent developments along the Nile River by countries south of their borders that they say could threaten their own water security. Their anger comes after East African countries agreed to work together to implement […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: The Water Hegemon?

Courtesy of Project Syndicate, an article examining China’s efforts to control the headwaters and flows of a number of rivers in Asia: International discussion about China’s rise has focused on its increasing trade muscle, growing maritime ambitions, and expanding capacity to project military power. One critical issue, however, usually escapes attention: China’s rise as a […]

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Mexico’s Newest Export to US: Water?

Via Yahoo! News, a report that Mexico may export water to the U.S. if two large desalination plants are developed in the years ahead: “…Mexico ships televisions, cars, sugar and medical equipment to the United States. Soon, it may be sending water north. Western states are looking south of the border for water to fill […]

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Water Politics In Central Asia and Tajik Hopes Water Will Power Its Ambitions

While not recent publications, two interesting reports on the state of water politics in Central Asia.  The first, via AquaDoc, gives a taste of some of the difficult issues faced by the countries in the Syr Darya and Amu Darya basins, the two major streams in the Central Asia region: “…Regarding Central Asia, I have […]

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