Archive for February, 2016

Saudi Arabia: Running Out Of Water, Taxing Residents To Drive Conservation

Courtesy of The Independent, a report on Saudi Arabia’s recent decision to start taxing water for residents to try and address the soaring cost of debt as oil revenues decline: Saudi Arabia has started taxing water for residents to try and address the soaring cost of debt as oil revenues decline. The water tariff comes amid […]

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The Parched Tiger: Indian Unrest Leads To ‘Ten Million Without Water’ In Delhi

Via the BBC, a report on a different type of water politics: More than 10 million people in India’s capital are without water despite the army regaining control of its key water source after protests, officials say. Keshav Chandra, head of Delhi’s water board, told the BBC it would take “three to four days” before […]

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Somalia’s Drought Disaster: Losing 80% of Animals And Buying a Little Water For $120

Via the Mail & Guardian, a sobering report on the impact of drought in Somalia: Two consecutive seasons of drought across northern Somalia are driving tens of thousands of pastoralists into hunger and debt. Abdilahi Mohamed had 20 cattle in August. Only five now survive. He herded his animals 250 kilometres – from his home […]

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One Simple Way To Avoid An African Water War

Via SciDev, a look at one potential way to reduce tension over the Renaissance dam in East Africa: Ethiopia should lower the height of its Renaissance saddle dam to defuse the water crisis, says Nader Noureddine.  The first stage of Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance dam project is fast approaching its end. At 70 metres high, the […]

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Worldwide Water Shortages: Worse Than Thought?

Via Mother Jones, an article on a new study that suggests world water shortages may be worse than currently thought: The world’s water crisis might be much worse than we thought. Four billion people, or two-thirds of the global population, face severe water shortages for at least one month out the year, according to a study […]

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Pakistan: New National Water Policy Faces Scrutiny

Via Future Directions International, a report on how ambiguity over treaties and water-sharing between provinces may impede the implementation of Pakistan’s new National Water Policy: Background The Pakistani Government plans to introduce a mechanism for charging for water use as part the recently announced draft for the National Water Policy. Implementation of this plan will be […]

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