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Archive for April, 2016

The Thirsty Dragon: China Seeks To Build Rapport Downstream

Via Future Directions International, a report on China’s recent release of water from some of its Mekong dams: Much of South-East Asia is experiencing exceptionally dry conditions. For parts of the region, the dry season typically runs between January and September and it is not unusual for there to be lower water availability. The current […]

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The Parched Tiger: India Delivers Water By Train As Drought In West Intensifies

Via the Wall Street Journal, a look at India’s efforts to help its western municipalities cope with the shortage of water: Central Railway laborers loaded water onto a train to transport it to Latur district at Miraj station, Maharashtra, India, April 10, 2016. India is deploying trains loaded with tanks of water as it tries […]

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The Politics Of The Mekong River

Courtesy of STRATFOR (subscription required), a detailed look at the politics of the Mekong River: In times of scarcity, nations compete more fiercely to meet their essential needs and defend precious commodities. Water is no exception, particularly the water of the Mekong River of mainland Southeast Asia. Mekong translates to “mother of rivers,” and the river […]

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The Parched Tiger: India’s Looming Water Wars May Destroy Everything

Via Quartz, a look at India’s growing water crisis: The drought killed Mahakant Mali. The 52-year-old soybean farmer left home under the pretext of getting water from the field behind his dwelling. He was found at dawn, hanging by the neck from a withered mango tree at the edge of his plot. “It was the […]

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Water: Precious Commodity Sparks Fear, Feuds and Lawsuits On U.S. Great Plains

Via E&E Publishing, a report on It took 10 million years for rainfall and glacial runoff to fill the sprawling Ogallala Aquifer. It took a century to drain a third of it and threaten its future. Spread under parts of eight Great Plains states — Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas and […]

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Climate Change Dries Up Nicaragua

Via the Inter Press Service, a report on Nicaragua: A three-year drought, added to massive deforestation in the past few decades, has dried up most of Nicaragua’s water sources and has led to an increasingly severe water supply crisis. Since January, photos and videos showing dried-up streams, rivers and lakes have been all over the […]

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