Archive for the ‘Saudi Arabia’ Category

Saudi Arabia Building Longest River On Earth

Via KAS Explains, a video look at a new Saudi Arabian desalination project: Saudi Arabia launched plans for 12,000 km long water project longer than the Nile river. The ‘river’ will be one of the world’s largest desalinated water networks, producing 9.4 million cubic meters of water per day. Their plan involves digging a river […]

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Water Scarcity in the Arab World

Via Geopolitical Futures, a report on the Arab World’s water challenges:   Many prosperous ancient civilizations in the Arab world had at least one thing in common: an abundance of water. Today, however, the Arab region in West Asia and North Africa could become the most water-scarce area in the world. Demand is rising, driven […]

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Desalination Could Give The Middle East Water Without Damaging Marine Life – If Managed Carefully

Via The Conversation, commentary on the role desalination can play in addressing Middle Eastern water scarcity: More than 2 billion people live in “water stressed” countries. These are territories where more than 25% of the available freshwater resources are withdrawn for human use each year. Desalination – the process of removing salt from seawater – is increasingly being used […]

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Arizona’s Dry Wells Not Saudi Arabia’s Fault

Via Green Prophet, commentary on private companies pumping Arizona’s groundwater: If you are following American media, Arizona’s water is running worryingly low. You might think it’s a local story but it’s really your story too. It’s one about local resources and who should own them. In dry Arizona, residents are cutting back, collecting rainwater in buckets […]

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Wells Run Dry In US Southwest As Foreign-Owned Farms Guzzle Water To feed Cattle Overseas

Via CNN, an article on how wells are running dry in drought-weary Southwest as foreign-owned farms guzzle water to feed cattle overseas: Workers with the water district in Wenden, Arizona, saw something remarkable last year as they slowly lowered a camera into the drought-stricken town’s well: The water was moving. But the aquifer which sits below the […]

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How Water Strategizing is Remaking the Middle East

Via The Wilson Center, a new report on how water strategizing is remaking the Middle East: For years, many Middle Eastern states have engaged in high-stakes, if generally haphazard, forms of water strategizing. Intent on guaranteeing their water futures amid fluctuations in access—and periodic scarcity, these countries have adopted unique and varyingly successful approaches to […]

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