Archive for March, 2019

The Third Pole Is Melting

Courtesy of The Diplomat, an article on the impact of rapidly retreating Tibetan glaciers: The Tibetan plateau, which holds the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) ice sheet, is known as the world’s “Third Pole.” It holds the largest number of glaciers and snow after the Arctic and Antarctic. The Tibetan plateau has more than 46,000 glaciers, […]

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Manila’s Water Shortage

Via Future Directions International, a report on Manila’s water challenges: The recent water shortage in the Philippines caused massive interruptions in the daily lives of some sections of the population. The effects of the shortage are most apparent in Manila, the capital and heartland of the Philippines. The shortage seems to have begun in early […]

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Dhaka ‘should not use groundwater for the next 15/20 years’

Via The Daily Star, a look at Dhaka’s groundwater crisis: The depletion of groundwater table in Dhaka has made water crisis in the city acute, especially during the dry season. What are the reasons behind this? We have conducted many research studies in the last 15/20 years and have found that Dhaka’s groundwater table has […]

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England: Could Run Short of Water Within 25 Years

Courtesy of The Guardian, an article on how England could run short of water within 25 years: England is set to run short of water within 25 years, the chief executive of the Environment Agency has warned. The country is facing the ‘‘jaws of death”, Sir James Bevan said, at the point where water demand from […]

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The Parched Tiger: The National River Interlinking Scheme – A Solution to India’s Water Challenges?

Via Future Directions International, an article on India’s National River Interlinking Scheme: Key Points India has a long history of designing, but rarely implementing, grand infrastructure projects that aim to move water from high rainfall areas to arid regions. While the current BJP government supports those grand infrastructure projects, most remain in the planning stage […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: China’s Water Sharing Treaties

Courtesy of China Water Risk, a report on China’s water sharing protocol: China is in a hydrologically important position in Asia, sharing >40 surface waters & >20 aquifers with 17 neighbours; but its reputation on transboundary waters faces significant misunderstanding Despite voting against the UN Convention on Non-navigational Uses of International Watercourses, China is party […]

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