Archive for November, 2017

The Thirsty Dragon: What ‘Xi’s Thought’ Means For Water

Via China Water Risk, a report on what Xi’s speech at China’s 19th National Congress means for water & the environment: Highlights -Xi is determined to steward China’s environment; current resource & pollution intensive growth model has to change -With water use per unit GDP to fall by 23% in 2015-2020, new tech & industries […]

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Egypt Warns Ethiopia Nile Dam Dispute ‘Life or Death’

Via the New York Times, a report on the growing tension over the Nile between Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan: Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, for the second time in as many days, delivered on Saturday a stern warning to Ethiopia over a dam it is building after the two countries along with Sudan failed to approve […]

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The Thirsty Dragon and Parched Tiger: Nepal Scraps Hydro Project With Chinese Company; Indian Company To Get It?

Via the Times of India, an article on an interesting decision by Nepal to cancel a hydro project that had previously been given to a Chinese company: In a decision which could have far reaching consequences in the region and for China, Nepal cancelled the Budhi Gandaki hydropower project which had been contracted to a Chinese company. […]

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The Mekong: Dammed To Die

Via Inter Press Service, a report on the Mekong River: In Laos, the lush forests are alive with the whines of drills that pierce the air. On the Mekong, a giant concrete wall rises slowly above the trees. The Don Sahong dam is a strong symbol, not only for a power-hungry Asia but also for […]

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The Thirsty Dragon and Parched Tiger: Water Race Between India And China Over The Brahmaputra

Via Eurasia Review, an opinion piece on the tussle between India and China over the Brahmaputra River: As the news about diversion of water of Brahmaputra published in Chinese media on 29 October ’17, it invites much repercussion from different fields in India and Bangladesh. People have expressed deep concern over diversion plan of China. […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: Tapping the Asian Water Tower Remains a Chinese Pipedream

Via Future Directions International, a look at China’s alleged plans to build a water tunnel from Tibet to western China: Background According to a report in the South China Morning Post, Beijing plans to construct a tunnel, one thousand kilometres in length, to divert water from the Yarlung Tsangpo (as the Brahmaputra River is known in […]

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