Archive for February, 2012

Central Asia: Water Scarcity Likely Within Two Decades

Via New Europe, an article on the impending water stress likely to be realized in Central Asia in the years ahead: The water of the Caspian Sea shore some 50 kilometres north of Azerbaijan’s capital Baku. | |EPA/ZURAB KURTSIKIDZE Rivers crossing the territories of several countries must become a source of peace rather than discord, […]

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The Parched Tiger: India’s Supreme Court Orders River Links Project To Proceed

Via the BBC, a look at a recent court decision to drive India to implement an ambitious project to link major rivers in the region “in a time-bound manner”: India’s Supreme Court has ordered the government to implement an ambitious project to link major rivers in the region “in a time-bound manner”. The court also […]

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The Parched Tiger: India May Spend $1 Billion to Map Aquifers, Avert Water Crisis

Via Bloomberg, a report that India may spend significant funds on a plan to map underground aquifers as it tackles its water crisis.  As the article notes: India may spend as much as 50 billion rupees ($1 billion) in the next five years to map underground water as indiscriminate sinking of wells by farmers depletes […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: Water Shortages And Pollution Threaten China’s Growth

Via Xinhua News, a report that Chinese government officials have formally recognized the water crisis facing their country.  As the article notes: China faces a tougher situation in water resources in the future as demand increases amid the country’s rapid industrialization and urbanization, an official said Thursday at a press conference. Hu Siyi, vice minister […]

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Kyrgyzstan’s Gold Mine Could Exacerbate Central Asian Water Woes

Via, an interesting article on the impact that a Kyrgyz gold mine may have upon regional water supplies: Two new studies say that Kumtor, Kyrgyzstan’s largest gold mine, as well as a major government revenue source, routinely ignores national environmental legislation and restricts access to independent auditors. The mine’s operations could have a far-reaching, […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: Less Salt Please

Via China Daily, a report that China plans to boost its seawater desalination capability.  As the article notes: The State Council, China’s cabinet, unveiled guidelines on Monday to ensure sustainable supplies of fresh water and to protect water resources by raising China’s capability to desalinate seawater. China will increase its daily seawater desalination capability to […]

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