Archive for September, 2014

The Thirsty Dragon: China Reduces Wheat Irrigation As Farming Depletes Groundwater

As reported by Bloomberg, China is adopting measures that place water security over grain production for the first time: China is reducing crop irrigation in regions with water shortages as the world’s biggest grain consumer seeks to ease pressure on declining aquifers. Hebei province, the nation’s third-biggest wheat grower, will cut wheat irrigation by 760,000 […]

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Growing Water Tensions In Central Asia

Two recent reports on growing water tensions in Central Asia.  The first is a summary via Eurasia Review: Growing tensions in the Ferghana Valley are exacerbated by disputes over shared water resources. To address this, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan urgently need to step back from using water or energy as a coercive tool and focus […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: Quenching Beijing’s Thirst May Stunt Regional Growth

Via Reuters, an article on the progress of China’s South-North water transfer project: Workers install a pipeline at a construction site as part of China’s South-North Water Diversion Project, which aims to relieve the country’s drought-ridden north by diverting water from the southern and central part of the country, in Cangzhou, Hebei province, May 4, […]

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