Archive for June, 2016

The Parched Tiger: Drought and Water Security in India

Via Future Directions International, a look at India Key Points India faces national water scarcity by 2050 if current trends continue. States that usually have surplus water, such as Latur and Uttarakhan, currently experience acute water scarcity. Two consecutive drought years have served as a catalyst to long-standing water mismanagement issues. Poor infrastructure, a lack […]

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“Doha Has Just Three Days’ Supply”: Are Water Shortages The Biggest Threat To The Middle East?

Courtesy of CityMetric, a sobering look at water shortages in the Middle East: Date farms at Liwa Oasis, United Arab Emirates. Those who visit the Middle East and North Africa from more temperate climates are often struck with how hot and dry the region is, and how scarce its rainfall. Some wonder why cities became […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: Water-nomic Trade-offs Along The Yangtze

Courtesy of China Water Risk, an interesting report on the linkages between water use and allocation, as well as pollution control and economic development in the Yangtze River Economic Belt (YREB): For centuries, the Yangtze River has been considered a ‘golden waterway’ for transporting goods between cities and villages along the river. Now, many of these […]

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When Nations Wilt Away…

Via Bloomberg, an article on how environmental stress can tips weak nations into chaos: Venezuela was unraveling even before Hugo Chávez died in 2013. The situation has only gotten worse since. Despite having the world’s largest oil reserves, inflation has soared to 500 percent, the murder rate is the highest in the world, and chronic […]

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Pakistan’s Water Experts: Fear For The Country’s Future

Courtesy of The Third Pole, a look at how – as its population explodes – Pakistan stares at a future where it will be a water scarce country: Dams, dams and more dams – of all sizes and kinds need to be built on a war footing because failing to do so would be disastrous […]

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Water Scarcity, Excess And The Geopolitics Of Allocation

Via Knowledge@Wharton, an interesting report on the geopolitics of water allocation: “When the well is dry, we learn the worth of water,” said Benjamin Franklin. Much of the world has taken water for granted over the years, but that situation is quickly changing. Today, the use of this essential resource is being more closely scrutinized […]

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