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China’s Unsustainable Water Demand and its Desertification Crisis

December 5, 2012 Leave a comment

S2001080041432.L1A_HJMS.ChinaDust_mdBeijing, China: Recent comments by Chinese officials detailing progress in the ongoing battle against desertification (encroaching deserts) has highlighted the role excessive and unsustainable water demand plays in exacerbating the ecological crisis.

In comments made at a media conference in China earlier this month, officials estimated it would take over 300 years to return some 530,000 square kilometres of desert areas in the country to grassed, arable land. Read more…

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Special Report: ‘Peak Water’ Debate Focuses on Asia’s Water Shortage

August 30, 2010 7 comments

Water Source, India. Credit mckaysavage flickrBy Rich Bowden:

The concept of peak water as an overarching term for increased shortage of water supply in Asia remains contentious but it has focused attention on the growing water crisis facing many countries due, in part, to over-extraction of the precious resource. Read more…

Copenhagen Accord Not Enough to Prevent Water Shortages: NGO

February 18, 2010 Leave a comment

By Rich Bowden:

International aid organisation Oxfam International has claimed that the failure of the Copenhagen climate conference to set binding carbon emissions reduction targets could condemn billions of people across the globe to unprecendented water shortages. Read more…

Calls for Early Negotiated Settlements to Water Flashpoints

January 27, 2010 1 comment

By Rich Bowden:

A new study conducted by the California-based Pacific Institute has called for negotiations to mitigate the potential for new challenges such as climate change to exacerbate tensions between countries where rivers and aquifers are shared. Read more…

Investment Sought for Armenia’s Water Sector Development

January 27, 2010 Leave a comment

By Rich Bowden:

Yerevan, Armenia: As a by product of an economy still struggling to cope with the effects of its transition from a centrally-planned to a privately run system, Armenia’s dilapidated water infrastructure is in need of both an increase in investment and a concerted period of time to develop to an acceptable level, according to a recent report released by the PA Consulting Group. Read more…