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Afghanistan’s Warm Winter Triggers Warning Of Severe Drought

Via Radio Free Europe, a report on renewed fears of a severe drought in Afghanistan: The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has warned that an unseasonably dry and warm winter could have devastating consequences for Afghanistan. “Without substantial snowfall soon, the country could experience a severe drought,” the agency said on January 23, […]

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Iran and Afghanistan Water Wars: Feud over the Helmand River Has No End In Sight.

Via the Atlantic Council, a look at the feud between Iran and Afghanistan over the Helmand River: Water disputes between Iran and Afghanistan date back to as early as the 1870s. However, with the Taliban back in power in Kabul since 2021, the Helmand River has become an increasing topic of contention between the neighboring […]

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Lack of Snow Sparks Worry For Drought-Hit Afghanistan

Via Terra Daily, a report on Afghanistan’s drought: Afghanistan saw almost no snow as of mid-January, a new sign of the heavy toll of global warming on the Central Asian country which is usually accustomed to harsh winters, experts say. The exceptionally low level of rain in a country that relies heavily on agriculture has […]

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Taliban’s Hydropower Plans Raise Concerns In Pakistan 

Via Radio Free Europe, commentary on how the Taliban’s ambitious plans to build a dam on the Kunar River in Afghanistan are raising hackles in Islamabad: Plans by the Afghan Taliban to build a hydroelectric dam on a major river in eastern Afghanistan have raised concerns in neighboring Pakistan. A spokesman for the Taliban’s Water and Energy […]

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Multiple Climate Reports Warn of Water Conflict in South Asia

Via The Diplomat, a report on South Asia, a region is expected to suffer the most significant impacts of changing water availability this century: At the 28th edition of the World Climate Summit (COP28) in Dubai, Nepal’s Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal made a strong pitch for immediate implementation of the 2015 Paris Agreement. Despite near-zero contribution […]

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Key Climate Battle: Saving Himalayan Ice

Via Nikkei Asia, a look at how – from Afghanistan to China – vanishing glaciers risk floods and drought for billions: Filmmaker and environmental activist Jamyang Jamtscho Wangchuk brought a bit of his beloved Himalayas to the COP28 climate summit in Dubai last week. Around 250 milliliters of it, to be precise. In a plastic […]

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