Archive for 2020

The Thirsty Dragon and Parched Tiger: World’s Largest Hydropower Project by China on Yarlung/Brahmaputra

Via ORF Online, a report on China’s hydropower project on the Yarlung/Brahmaputra headwaters: The Yarlung snaking its way in between the lofty peaks of Namcha Barwa (R) and Gyala Peri (L) | Source: Google Earth Causing an apparent surprise, news broke last week that hydropower exploitation in the downstream of the Yarlung Zangbo had been made a part […]

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The Thirsty Dragon and Parched Tiger: India’s Worries and China’s Tibetan Dams

Via Future Directions International, commentary on how Chinese dams on the Brahmaputra River are just one more thorn in the side of India-China relations and India has good reason to be concerned: India has said that it is ‘carefully monitoring’ the situation as China considers building up to 60 gigawatts of hydropower along the Brahmaputra River (known as […]

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The Parched Tiger: Climate Change Worsens Water Crisis In Indus-Ganga-Brahmaputra Basins

Via Third Pole, a report on the impact of climate change on the Indus-Ganga-Brahmaputra basins in India where new satellite data shows less rain and warmer weather is further depleting already overexploited groundwater in one of the world’s most populated regions: Rainfall has declined across the Indus-Ganga-Brahmaputra basin over the past two decades, reducing the […]

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Water Scarcity in Palestinian Territories Puts Farming at Risk

Via Circle of Blue, a look at water scarcity in the Palestinian Territories: Water scarcity in occupied Palestinian territories continues to put health and agriculture at risk as conflict over water supplies between Jordan, Israel, and Palestinians flares. Palestinians depend on Israeli-controlled underground water sources and rain, according to The Jerusalem Post, and in order to […]

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The Thirsty Dragon and Parched Tiger: China’s Plans for Brahmaputra Dam Strain Relations With India

Via Third Pole, a report on Powerchina’s announcement it will build a mega dam could spur a dam-building race with India, with disastrous consequences for the ecology of the region: The president of Power Construction Corporation of China (Powerchina) made a big splash across the Himalayas last week by announcing its plans to develop large scale hydropower on […]

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2020 National Intelligence Council Memorandum on Global Water Insecurity Released

Via Peter Gleick, commentary on the 2020 National Intelligence Council Memorandum on Global Water Insecurity: On December 20, 2019, President Trump signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act (Public Law 116-92), including the Intelligence Authorization Act of FY2020. Section 6722 of that law required a report be prepared on the national security effects of “global […]

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