Archive for September, 2013

Call For Central Asia To Solve Its Water Issues

Via Tengri News, a report on Central Asian water cooperation: Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev has called Central Asian leaders to discuss water issues, Tengrinews reports. Speaking at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, Nazarbayev said that Central Asia countries had to resolve water disputes by themselves. “There is a need for an open […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: China And The Politics Of Dam Building

Courtesy of The Economist, an article on the damming of China’s great rivers: CHINA has many good reasons not to build the $5.2 billion Xiaonanhai dam on the Yangzi river in Chongqing. The site, on a gentle slope that moves water along only slowly, is not ideal for generating hydropower. The fertile soil makes it […]

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Worsening Water Scarcity To Affect 2 Billion Globally

Via Climate Central, some negative news on the outlook for water stress in the years ahead: Water scarcity is a fact of life in many parts of the world, particularly in the countries of sub-Saharan Africa. A new study says the situation could get a lot worse, with climate change resulting in less rain and […]

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The Parched Tiger: Black Market For Water Expands In Delhi

Via The New York Times, a look at India’s water mafia: Residents, in New Delhi, lining up cans on the road and waiting for government tankers to deliver drinking water on June 15, 2012. NEW DELHI— On a recent afternoon, as an intense stench rose from a carcass dump, a group of women pushed, shoved, […]

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Africa: Four Nations Agree to Water Management Programme

Via All Africa, a report on a cooperative international effort to preserve the Nubian aquifer: Seeking to improve their management of water resources, four northeast African nations today agreed at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to establish a long-term framework for utilizing a key underground water system. Chad, Egypt, Libya and Sudan signed a […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: China’s Urban Billion Grapple With Diminishing Water Resources, Scarcity And Pollution

Via The City Fix, a report on China’s water challenge: Water scarcity in China is exacerbated by the demands of growing cities. China’s Urban Billion is a series of blogs exploring China’s urbanization process. Xiaomei Tan guides TheCityFix readers through China’s opportunities and challenges as it transforms into an urbanized society. She examines the urbanization process as it relates to governance, […]

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