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Water maps spark concern about “liquid gold rush”

AlertNet: As competition for clean water grows, some of the world's biggest companies have joined forces to create unprecedented maps of the liquid gold that flows beneath our feet. The Aqueduct Alliance, which allows users to create maps by combining hydrological data with geographically specific details, gives companies and investors unprecedented detail of water availability in some of the world's largest river basins. The promoters say the data should help companies use water more responsibly while...

Regions where water disputes are fuelling tensions

AlertNet: Disputes over water are common around the world, exacerbated by climate change, growing populations, rapid urbanisation, increased irrigation and a rising demand for alternative energy sources such as hydroelectricity. Following are a few of the regions where competition for water from major rivers systems is fuelling tension. SOUTH ASIA India is home to three major river systems -- the Ganges, Brahmaputra and the Indus -- which support 700 million people. As an upstream nation, it controls...