Archive for April, 2017

The Thirsty Dragon: China Ostensibly Cancels Myitsone Dam Project in Myanmar in Favour of Access to Kyaukpyu Port

Via Future Directions International, a report on the future of the Chinese-financed, US$3.6 billion ($4.77 billion) Myitsone hydropower dam project in Myanmar: President U Htin Kyaw completed a six-day visit to Beijing on 11 April. During his first visit to China as the Burmese head of state, President Kyaw met with Chinese officials to discuss opportunities […]

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California’s Drought Is Over, but the Rest of the World’s Water Problems Are Just Beginning

Via Mother Jones, a look at the world’s water crisis: After California’s wetter-than-normal winter—and the official end to its drought—you’re probably not thinking much about water scarcity and the food supply. But our food-and-water woes go well beyond the Sunshine State’s latest precipitation patterns, as this new Nature study from a global team of researchers—including two from the NASA Goddard Institute for […]

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The US Global Water Strategy 2017 Under President Trump

Via Future Directions International, some speculation on the US global water strategy 2017 under President Trump: President Donald Trump’s administration – along with the US Agency for Aid and Development and the State Department – must produce a Global Water Strategy (GWS) and submit it to Congress by 1 October 2017. This document will outline […]

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Climate Insecurity and the Changing Balance of Power

Via Cipher Brief, interesting commentary on the connection between climate change, political instability, and the global balance of power: Since at least the 1979 Iranian revolution, intelligence and national security analysts have been working hard to identify the causal factors that lead to political instability. Working hard and yet struggling. Many factors, such as high […]

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