Archive for October, 2017

Cape Town Rations Water Before Reservoirs Hit Zero

Via Circle of Blue, a look at Cape Town’s water crisis: It’s called Day Zero, the day when the six main reservoirs that supply Cape Town will be drained of water. For Cape Town and the Western Cape province of South Africa, which enter the dry season after three consecutive years of significantly below-average rainfall, […]

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The Parched Tiger: India’s Troubled Waters

Courtesy of The Wall Street Journal, a detailed look at the tragedy of India’s Yamuna River which, born in a glacier in the Himalayas, is so defiled by the time it leaves Delhi that it can’t sustain life: The Yamuna River that flows through this ancient city has helped sustain some of India’s greatest empires. […]

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Is Jordan Planning Major Change In Red Sea-Dead Sea Project?

Via Al Monitor, an article on the Red Sea-Dead Sea water conveyance project: The much-talked-about Red Sea-Dead Sea Water Conveyance Project might be losing its regional components. Two independent sources have told Al-Monitor that this comes as a result of continued Israeli-Jordanian tensions. A source in the lead technical company that is carrying out the […]

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Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan: Working To Resolve Water Tension

Via Jamestown Central Asia Monitor, a report on how – in a landmark shift in bilateral relations – Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan have begun resolving and cooperating in border delimitation and water issues, including a plan of joint construction of a major hydropower plant in Kyrgyzstan: Transboundary water sharing is one of the most contentious issues […]

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How Big Water Projects Helped Trigger Africa’s Migrant Crisis

Via Yale’s e360, a report on how major dam and irrigation projects are drying up the wetlands that sustain life in the arid Sahel region of Africa, resulting in a wave of environmental refugees: People in the northern Nigerian city of Maiduguri gather along the seasonal Ngadda River, which feeds into Lake Chad. The Hadejia-Nguru […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: Balancing Water Security With Economic Development On China’s Water Tower

Via China Water Risk, a detailed look at the Tarim Basin – China’s ‘Water Tower’ with 41% of its ice but also >1/3 of it faces ‘extremely high’ water stress – where China must balance water security with economic development: The Tarim River, running over 1,321km across Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, is China’s longest inland […]

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