Tibet

India will spend $US 1 billion by 2017 to clean up waterways and make more water available for irrigation, Bloomberg News reported. Government officials say the plan will allow an additional 500,000 hectares of land to be irrigated. Climate Change Water supplies in some of Asia’s major rivers may be at risk as glaciers on […]

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Pollution The disposal of wastewater created during the mining of bituminous tar sands is a growing problem for Canada’s oil industry, which must store the water in vast reservoirs, and the industry is planning expansions that could turn Alberta into the largest man-made lake district in the world, Bloomberg News reported. Environmentalists worry that the […]

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To kick off World Water Day 2013, the United Nations released an analytical brief about global water security and the global water agenda. The report includes a working definition of “water security” as “The capacity of a population to safeguard sustainable access to adequate quantities of and acceptable quality water for sustaining livelihoods, human well-being, […]

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Days of heavy rainfall have swollen rivers in the United Kingdom, where nearly 60 flood warnings remained in force Thursday and areas of York were already underwater, the Guardian reported. South America Brazil has the potential to become the world’s breadbasket due to its water resources, argues private investor and author James Dale Davidson in […]

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New research based on 30 years of observation suggests that Harmful algal blooms are occurring with greater intensity in Switzerland’s Lake Zurich, illustrating the threat climate change poses to Europe’s inland lakes, according to research from the University of Zurich, United Press International reported. This ‘perfect storm’ of rising water consumption and diminishing natural supply […]

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There are about 6,000 toxins that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has not got around to regulating in municipal drinking water systems, according to Forbes. While EPA has begun to develop regulations to remove these chemicals from tap and bottled water, the industry has made efforts to delay or prevent their implementation. Hydropower Despite calls […]

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Texas became the first U.S. state to require energy companies to disclose the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, according to Reuters. More than a dozen U.S. senators said that the U.S. Department of State needs to examine what corrosive effects Canadian oil sands crude may have on pipelines before the department decides on the $7 […]

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More than 90 percent of Italians rejected Silvio Berlusconi-era legislation on nuclear power, water privatization and trial immunity for government ministers in a national referendum that registered a 57 percent turnout, Deutsche Welle reports. Following the poll results, the shares of Italian renewable energy companies rose on Monday, while the shares in Italian utilities with […]

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Images from the Hindu Kush-Himalayan region–including Bhutan, Nepal, China, Tibet and India

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Although many Nepalis have contributed little to climate change, they experience it most drastically.

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Downstream worries about the environment, agriculture and politics.

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China plans to build a string of new dams throughout Tibet.

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Habitat loss, water diversion projects, and modern life threaten unknown primate.

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Over at Circle of Blue WaterNews, we’re reporting today on another ingredient to consider in the context of the China-Tibet conflict. Keith Schneider and C.T. Pope write that the Tibetan Plateau’s vast reserves of glacial freshwater, which supply Asia’s most populous regions, are both at risk and are emerging as an issue in the increasingly tense political and cultural strife between China and Tibet.

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The Tibetan Plateau

Pollution and global warming threaten Asia’s most important freshwater source.

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Dr. Geoffrey D. Dabelko is director of the Environmental Change and Security Project at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. Dabelko discusses water, peacemaking and challenges in China and the Tibetan Plateau.

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