Archive for August, 2015

Swiss Water Grab: Hinting At Water Wars To Come?

Via OregonLive, an interesting report on tensions between Switzerland and France over water: A quarrel has broken out between Switzerland and France after the Swiss army was caught stealing water from a French lake. While Switzerland’s aqua grab seems to have been an honest mistake during a military operation to quench the thirst of the […]

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The Ramifications Of Water Scarcity In Central Asia

Courtesy of STRATFOR (subscription required), some commentary on the ramifications of water scarcity in Central Asia: Lauren Goodrich: Hello, my name is Lauren Goodrich, and I’m the senior Eurasia analyst here at Stratfor. I’m joined by Rebecca Keller, Stratfor’s science and technology analyst. So Rebecca, we have been talking for years about Central Asia. Central Asia […]

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Iraq Faces Escalating Water Crisis

Via Future Directions International, a report on Iraq’s water crisis: Background Widespread power and water shortages in Iraq have triggered protests across Iraq, causing Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to warn of growing revolutionary sentiments if the government fails to find quick solutions. Ongoing conflict and violence since the US-led invasion in 2003 has hampered efforts to re-develop […]

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Bahrain: Food And Water Security

Via Future Directions International, a look at Bahrain’s food and water security: Key Points Bahrain currently experiences a comfortable level of trade-based food security; however, it is vulnerable to supply disruptions and price risk. A section of the population is vulnerable to food price rises due in part to widespread income and social inequality. Bahrain […]

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Using Water As A Weapon In Syria

Courtesy of STRATFOR (subscription required), a look at the use of water as a weapon in Syria: Years of vicious warfare and a lack of investment and maintenance have taken a severe toll on water infrastructure across Syria. The conflict’s scale made it inevitable that piped water would either be intermittent or simply unavailable across […]

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Brazilian Army: Training For A Water Uprising

Via TechInsider, a sobering article on how Brazil’s water crisis is so bad that the army is staging simulations of a mass uprising at a water utility: Here’s a scenario that seems plausible enough: The Brazilian megacity of São Paulo, currently dealing with Brazil’s largest water crisis in 40 years, continues to experience severe drought over the next several […]

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