Zac and Nick discuss economic and political considerations stemming from the long-term decline of the Indus Basin, focusing on Pakistan's water woes in particular. Recorded on May 5, 2019.
Pakistan’s water issues will go from bad to worse after glaciers in the Indus Basin pass the peak water mark later this century.
Glacier shrinkage in the Lake Balkhash basin is set to exacerbate water shortages in an already arid part of the world, creating a potential water conflict between China and Kazakhstan.
A historic drought is bringing water pressures to the fore in Iran and adding to the authorities’ growing list of troubles.
China faces a water crisis that won’t be solved until pricing aligns with the reality of this increasingly scarce resource.
Water shortages are fueling protests in Iran, drawing a forceful response from the authorities.
Water crisis and civil war continue to feed into one another in Afghanistan.
For an example of how climate change can fuel terrorism and regional conflict, look no further than the Lake Chad Basin.
Are the economic benefits of India’s interlinking river project worth the massive and largely unquantified ecological risks?
Iran is showing the same water strains that helped to destabilize Syria ahead of the civil war.