Archive for July, 2013

Hydropower In Tajikistan: Folie De Grandeur

Courtesy of The Economist, an interesting look at Tajikistan’s plans to build the world’s tallest dam: ON A bluff above the river Vakhsh, Rogun’s ramshackle square boasts at least four billboards featuring Tajikistan’s president, Emomali Rakhmon, and his aphorisms, such as “Rogun is the bright future of Tajikistan”. Rogun is both a town, some 100km […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: China’s Mega Water Diversion Project Begins Testing

Via The Guardian, an updated report on the status of China’s south-north diversion project: When it is completed, it will be one of the world’s biggest feats of engineering. China’s South-North Water Diversion Project, initially a vision of Mao’s, will take water from the south of the country to the arid northern region, including the […]

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Securing The Himalayas As The Water Tower Of Asia

As reported in the July 2013 issue of Asia Policy, a look at the critical environmental importance of the Himalayas: The crucial role of mountains as the creators and providers of large volumes of freshwater and as the natural storage site of this vital ecosystem service attracted the special attention of world leaders after the […]

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Climate Change And Water Security In The Himalayan Region

As noted in the July 2013 issue of Asia Policy, a look at how climate change may impact water security in the Himalaya region: The hydrological system of the Himalayan region, upon which some 1.5billion people depend, is under enormous stress. Expected changes in water availability could threaten the region’s agricultural economies, place pressure on […]

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The Parched Tiger: Water Shortage Crisis Looms Large In Bangalore, India

Via Global Voices, an interesting report on Bangaolore’s water crisis: Bangalore, India’s third largest city and one of the fastest growing economic hubs in South Asia, stares at an almost certain water crisis in the near future as both the civic administration and the citizens struggle to cope with the already dwindling fresh water resources. […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: China Coal-Fired Economy Dying Of Thirst As Mines Lack Water

Via Bloomberg, a look at China’s watergy challenge: At first glance, Daliuta in northern China appears to have a river running through it. A closer look reveals the stretch of water in the center is a pond, dammed at both ends. Beyond the barriers, the Wulanmulun’s bed is dry. Daliuta in Shaanxi province sits on […]

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