Archive for April, 2016

The Thirsty Dragons: Moving Mountains To Provide Water, May Destroy China’s Heartland

Via Foreign Policy, a detailed look at the impact that China’s north-south water transfer project may have upon the nation, particularly the fact that Beijing’s planners haven’t anticipated that they may not fully control the water line in the future, i.e. engineering blueprints for the water-diversion project date back more than a decade, but China’s […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: A Warning For Parched China As A City Runs Out Of Water

Via Marketplace, a look at China’s water crisis:                                                                                                                        Construction crews put the finishing touches on the middle route of China’s South-North Water Diversion project in Henan province.   Yang Shufang wakes up at 5 o’clock each morning and fetches water. “I bring a few buckets, enough for drinking or cooking,” she says. Yang doesn’t live in […]

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Cities Look for New Ways to Meet Demand for Water Supplies

Courtesy of the Wall Street Journal, an interesting snapshot of the world’s upcoming urban water challenge: A quarter-century ago, San Diego and its suburbs imported 95% of their water supplies. Thanks to investments in desalination and other efforts to boost supplies, that figure has already dropped to 57% and is projected to fall to just […]

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Clean Water Crisis Threatens U.S.

Via The Hill, a sobering summary of the water challenges facing America: The United States is on the verge of a national crisis that could mean the end of clean, cheap water. Hundreds of cities and towns are at risk of sudden and severe shortages, either because available water is not safe to drink or […]

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Asia’s Troubled Waters

Via Project Syndicate, a look at Asia’s growing water challenge: Asia’s water woes are worsening. Already the world’s driest continent in per capitaterms, Asia now faces a severe drought that has parched a vast region extending from southern Vietnam to central India. This has exacerbated political tensions, because it has highlighted the impact of China’s dam-building policy on […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: China Invests Heavily In Tibetan Water Projects

Via India’s Economic Times, a look at increased Chinese investment in water infrastructure in Tibet: China has invested nearly $3.5 billion in water conservancy infrastructure in the past five years in Tibet, where it is also building a series of dams over Himalayan rivers like the Brahmaputra raising concerns of water shortage in lower-riparian states like India and […]

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