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Creating Climate-Secure Water-Sharing Treaties

Sudan_Nile_agriculture_LandsatIn light of the recent news of armed bandits demanding water in India, and on-going water tension in Iraq and Syria, we are cross-posting the below post from Thomas Currant at the New Security Beat titled “Climate Change Will Test Water-Sharing Agreements.” The post looks at a working paper by a group of researchers at the World Bank, “Climate Change, Conflict, and Cooperation: Global Analysis of the Resilience of International River Treaties to Increased Water Variability.”  Neil Bhatiya, with The Century Foundation, also wrote a good summary of the working paper, “Designing an Ideal Water-Sharing Treaty.”  (more…)

World Bank: “Adaptation to a Changing Climate in the Arab Countries”

Digging_irrigation_channels,_Palmyra,_SyriaThe World Bank has just released a new report titled “Adaptation to a Changing Climate in the Arab Countries,” which “draws on extensive regional knowledge and expertise for a comprehensive analysis of the potential impact of climate change” in Arab countries. According to the Bank:

The consequences of the global phenomenon of climate change are especially acute in the Arab world.  While the region has been adapting to changes in rainfall and temperature for thousands of years, the speed with which the climate is now changing has, in many cases, outstripped traditional coping mechanisms.

You can download the full report here.

New World Bank Study: Turn Down the Heat

The World Bank has just released a new report which warns of the significant costs of a projected 4 degree Celsius increase in average global temperature. The concluding remarks of the report provide a good snapshot of its substance: (more…)

Yemen: Instability, Water and Climate Change

The Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Centre, an entity established by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign in 2008, has recently released a report on the complex sources of political, economic and social instability in Yemen, and the international dimensions of that instability. The report also touches on the water and climate change dimensions of the country’s security profile. Here are the relevant passages: (more…)

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