Archive for August, 2013

Water Politics On The Nile

Via the Orange County Register, commentary on the Nile water rift: Egypt’s sense of nationhood is tied up in control of the Nile. So is energy self sufficiency for Ethiopia. The clash between these two realities can have deadly consequences. America will be tempted to intervene – on the wrong side. The issue is a […]

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The Global Water Crisis: Why Water Politics Matter For Business Security

Courtesy of The Guardian, a report on the need for global cooperation to ensure water security: Despite political tension between the two countries, India and Pakistan have cooperated over the Indus River.  The world is facing a global water crisis. This year, the World Economic Forum and world business leaders identified that water supply crises […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: Red To Grey

Courtesy of The Economist, a report on China’s environmental and water challenges ahead: ALL industrial nations one day hit an environmental turning-point, an event that dramatises to the population the ecological consequences of growth. In America that event occurred in 1969 when the Cuyahoga river in Ohio, thick with pollutants and bereft of fish, caught […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: Beijing Water Shortage Worse Than The Middle East

Via ChinaFile, a report on China’s water stress: Much of Beijing’s water comes from the Miyun reservoir, an hour-and-a-half drive north of the capital. Visibly drying up, the reservoir’s pale banks are exposed to the the sky; islands formerly submerged have sprouted trees. Beijing’s annual water consumption has reached 3.6 billion cubic meters, according to […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: Majority of China’s Proposed Coal-Fired Power Plants Located In Water-Stressed Regions

Via the World Resources Institute, a report on China’s coal fired power plant plans: To maintain its economic growth and provide for its massive population, China must reconcile two powerful, converging trends: energy demand and resource scarcity. One prime example of this tension is the country’s coal use and water supply. According to a new […]

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A Grand Dam That Felled Morsi: The Ecological Roots Of Egypt’s Current Strife

Via Down To Earth, an interesting look at the ecological/water roots of Egypt’s current strife: The bloodletting in Egypt, which was triggered by the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi on July 3, has foreshadowed its deeper ecological roots. Egypt cannot get past its present turmoil, at least in the long run, without spotlighting and comprehending […]

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