Archive for the ‘Nepal’ Category

The Thirsty Dragon and Parched Tiger: Satellite Images Show China’s Dam Threatening Neighbors’ Fresh Water Supply

Via Newsweek, a report that a new Chinese dam may impact India’s and Nepal’s water supplies: China appears to have completed the construction of a new dam in the country’s southwestern border regions, a project that could have far-reaching strategic implications for its southern neighbors India and Nepal, according to new satellite imagery. Mapcha Tsangpo […]

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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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‘Staggering’ 347 Million Children Facing Water Scarcity in South Asia: UN

Via Al Jazeera, a sobering report on a new UN study indicating that 347 million children face water scarcity in South Asia: More children in South Asia are struggling due to severe water scarcity made worse by the effects of climate change than anywhere else worldwide, the United Nations says. “A staggering 347 million children […]

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The Parched Tiger: India, High Water, and Its Discontents

Via JSTOR Daily, commentary on whether India’s hydro-hegemony on water from the Hindu Kush Himalayan region may help avoid war over this limited resource: The Tibetan Plateau has been described as the “roof of the world.” Surrounded by high mountains, including the Himalayan range, it’s the highest and largest plateau on the planet. It’s also one […]

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South Asia ‘Sorely Needs Transboundary River Accord’

Via SciDevNet, an article on South Asia’s need for a transboundary river accord: Countries around the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna (GBM) basin lose over US$14.2 billion annually from lack of cooperation in sharing the waters of these rivers, with little prospect of accord in the foreseeable future, according to new analysis. “A lack of collaborative arrangements and unilateral exploitation […]

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Mountain Water Supply to Two Billion People Could Change

Courtesy of Scientific American (subscription required), a detailed look at how data about Earth’s 78 most important mountaintops foretell changes in the amount and timing of snowmelt: The nights are long inside a tent 5,300 meters above sea level at the snout of Nepal’s Yala Glacier. At 8:00 P.M., after a meal of Nepali dal bhat (lentils […]

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