The Stream, February 28: The Future of Water in Central Asia

Water Law
The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by five U.S. states seeking an order requiring that additional steps be taken to keep invasive Asian carp out of the Great Lakes, Reuters reported.

Poland has not yet complied with EU legislation on water protection, including the monitoring of water quality, the European Commission has warned.

India’s Supreme Court has ordered the government to implement a controversial project to link major rivers in the region to reduce persistent water shortages and enhance the country’s irrigation capacity, The BBC reported.

Future Water Scenarios
Iowa might not have enough groundwater to meet future demand as water usage rises for ethanol, geothermal systems, growing towns and new industries in the state, according to research by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

Similar troubles may be in store for the emerging economies in Central Asia, where water consumption is set to rise with the development of the region’s rich mineral deposits, New Europe reported.

South Kazakhstan is bracing for potential floods as the warmer season kicks off in regions covered with snow, CASPIONET reported.

Resource curse? Mongolia’s mining boom is starting to take a toll on the country’s economy, but what’s the price for land and water?

Remembering Japan’s Tsunami
Foreign Policy features a slideshow of haunting family photos pulled from the wreckage of Japan’s tsunami.

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