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Changes to Indus Water Treaty Could Raise Hostility Between India, Pakistan

Courtesy of The Diplomat, a look at how proposed changes to the Indus Water Treaty could raise hostility between India and Pakistan: In an unexpected development, India?issued a?notice to Pakistan?in January to amend the 1960?Indus Water Treaty. For Pakistan?s policymakers, the Indian move is aimed at threatening Pakistan with unilateral changes to the treaty if […]

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Does Colorado Need Water-Use Standards Given Impacts of Aridification?

Via Big Pivots, a look at the tension between the fact that agriculture uses the vast majority of water in Colorado, but its cities depend upon Colorado River diversions: Let me give you a precise example of what we?re talking about. An infill housing development took shape a couple of years ago near the Arvada […]

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South Asia?s Looming Water War

Via Project Syndicate, commentary on how the Indus Waters Treaty ? widely considered the world?s most generous water-sharing pact ? is not meeting a “fair” standard for India, and it is in Pakistan?s interest to remedy that before more tension arises: More than six decades ago, the world?s?most generous?water-sharing pact was concluded. Under the?Indus Waters […]

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Lessons Emerge As Seven Thirsty States War Over Colorado River Water

Via The Harvard Gazette, commentary on the Colorado River crisis where the U.S. will decide on apportionment as demand grows due to rising populations in the West and a shrinking supply due to drought: Seven Western states, which include some of the fastest-growing in the nation, get some of their water from the Colorado River. […]

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Will Mormons Save The Great Salt Lake?

Via The Washington Post, an interesting look at the convergence of religion, conservation, and water: Overuse of water compounded by a decades-long Western megadrought threatens the survival of Utah?s Great Salt Lake. North America?s largest saline lake has lost 73 percent of its water and 60 percent of its surface area compared with its average […]

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Mono Lake Tribe Seeks To Assert Its Water Rights To Halt Water Diversions To Los Angeles

Via Inside Climate News, a look at efforts by the?Kootzaduka?a to save their wtaer – and their cultural and natural heritage: Against the backdrop of?a severe drought linked with global warming, conservation advocates and Native Americans in California are calling for a temporary emergency stop to all surface water diversions from Mono Lake, contending that […]

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