Archive for October, 2017

The Thirsty Dragon and Parched Tiger: Why Do Hydro-Hegemons Cooperate?

Via the Global Water Forum, an article on China’s and India’s transboundary river policies: Hydro-hegemons are states which assert power over other riparian states in a shared river basin.  In Asia, both China and India are hydro-hegemons. China is the upstream riparian on many of Asia’s most important international rivers, including the Mekong, Brahmaputra, Sutlej, […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: How The World’s Largest Water Diversion Project Benefits Beijing

Via China Daily, a look at how the world’s largest water diversification project benefits Beijing:

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The Thirsty Dragon: China’s Fight Against Deserts Could Hurt Its Water Security

Via The Conversation, a report on how China’s afforestation programs over the year to make drylands viable for its economy will also make China’s water crisis worse, as more trees need more water to grow: For the first time, China has hosted a major global event on desertification and land degradation, the Cop-13, United Nations Convention […]

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Death of the Nile

Via BBC, a look at the plight facing the Nile River: The world’s longest river is sick – and getting sicker Booming populations have dirtied and drained it, while climate change threatens to cut its flow.And some fear that competition over its dwindling waters could trigger a regional conflict. The rains The rot starts at […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: A New Front Opens In Asia’s Water Wars

Via The Asia Times, a report on water politics in Asia: China has long regarded freshwater as a strategic weapon – one that the country’s leaders have no compunction about wielding to advance their foreign-policy goals. After years of using its chokehold on almost every major transnational river system in Asia to manipulate water flows themselves, China […]

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Teesta: A Hungry River

Via Third Pole, an article on how a series of dams and the effects of climate change have deeply undermined food security for the people living along the Teesta river in India and Bangladesh: About ten years ago, people in the small village of Gajoldoba on India’s stretch of the transboundary Teesta River started noticing […]

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