Archive for July, 2014

Iraq: Controlling Dams Key To Controlling The Country

Via Future Directions International, another look at the role that dams and water are playing in the Iraqi crisis: In a recent statement, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq, Nickolay Mladenov, warned against the use of dams as ‘an instrument of terror’ in the current conflict. As rebels from the Islamic […]

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The Parched Tiger: India’s Plan To Connect Rivers With Canals Is A Geopolitical Issue

Via The Financial Times, a look at Prime Minister Modi’s plans to connect India’s rivers with new canals: Narendra Modi is not noted for building bridges. The Indian prime minister, already viewed warily by non-Hindus, reportedly plans to speak Hindi when meeting international leaders, despite being fluent in English. He has also upset Delhi bureaucrats […]

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Worldwide Water Shortage By 2040

Via new reports published by Aarhus University, some sobering thoughts regarding the world’s use of water for the production of electricity: Two new reports that focus on the global electricity water nexus have just been published. Three years of research show that by the year 2040 there will not be enough water in the world […]

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Death On The Nile: Egypt’s Burgeoning Food And Water Security Crisis

Via Future Directions International, commentary on near-term and medium-term threats related to Egypt’s water crisis: Key Points   One in five Egyptians are currently experiencing food insecurity as a result of structural issues in the food supply system. The Nile is Egypt’s only renewable water source, but the shifting geostrategic balance between states in the […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: Importing Food So It Can Dedicate Scarce Water To Other Uses

Via Reuters, a report on China’s plans to import food so that it can redirect use of its declining water reserves towards other uses: China should boost imports of food so it can dedicate more of its scarce water supplies to energy production, especially in arid but coal-rich regions like Xinjiang and Ningxia, a senior […]

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Tibet And 21st Century Water Wars

Courtesy of The Globalist, an examination of how the Tibetan Plateau may determine the course of Asia’s future: The crucial global role that Asia will play in the 21st century cannot be underestimated. The pivot of global economic power is shifting east. Asia represents the new arena for analysis, power and influence. The narrative of […]

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