Archive for the ‘Mongolia’ Category

Finland and Norway Can Help Solve Mongolia’s Clean Water Issues

Via The Diplomat, a report on how two Scandinavian countries could help Mongolia address its chronic water security issues, but the impetus will need to come from Ulaanbaatar: In Mongolia, clean water is emerging as a vital sector that requires modernization. In the past decade, coupled with climate change and mass mining activities, Mongolia’s chronic […]

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Mongolia Plans River Diversion As Mining Boom Sucks Gobi Dry

Via Third Pole, an article on Mongolian’ plans to address its water scarcity challenge via river diversion: In school geography textbooks around the world, Mongolia’s Gobi desert is cited as the main example of a cold desert. It occupies almost the entire southern region of the country, covering approximately 350,000 square kilometres. What is less […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: China’s New Silk Road Causing Regional Water Stress

Via Third, a report on a recent decision by the Chinese to put temporary halt on a dam which could destroy the Siberian lake ecosystem, highlighting lack of environmental safeguards along the New Silk Road: Every Chinese person knows about one place in Siberia –  Lake Baikal. It is not necessarily famous for its […]

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Planned Mongolian Hydroelectric Plants Threaten Lake Baikal

Via the Siberian Times, a report on the potential threat to Lake Baikal posed by Mongolian hydro plants: Levels at Baikal are about 40cm lower than in 2013. Lake Baikal is facing another environmental threat, this time from across the border with plans in Mongolia for a series of new hydroelectric power plants. Campaigners including […]

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Is Ulaanbataar Running Out of Water?

Via The Diplomat, a look at Mongolia’s water scarcity problems which are expected to emerge in 2015, and intensify from 2020 onwards: Once known for its abundant and immaculate waters, the Tuul River flowing through Mongolia’s capital Ulaanbataar is rapidly shrinking. The Tuul has historically swung from high-flow cycles to low-flow cycles, but it had […]

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Mongolia’s Water Scarcity Could Threaten Its Economic Boom

Courtesy of The Guardian, a report on how one resource-rich country is riding high economically but a battle is brewing for water between people, mining and agriculture: The Gobi desert. The Mongolian mining boom may promise great things for economy but chronic water stress is a cause for concern. The sight of foreign faces in […]

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