Here come those dastardly dams!
What's behind all this consternation -- and worse? The concerns are multifaceted. In a broad sense, though, the rivers have provided sustenance for millions of people for millennia, and dams threaten that. Because of this, in some places multinational commissions were set up decades ago to arbitrate disputes like these. One is the
Well, that's not working.
The larger problem is, as climate change advances and growing populations demand more water and power, many upstream nations are ignoring their responsibilities to their downstream neighbors -- and the guidelines of commissions they helped establish.
Perhaps the most egregious example is
But it gets even worse. Breaking ground, Laotian officials said they hoped the new dam would help vault their nation from its status as one of the world's poorest. Many Lao have never even seen a light bulb. But in fact, a short time later the government signed a contract to sell most, if not all, of the electricity to
Right now, however,
Late last year, WikiLeaks made public a memo in which the Egyptian government threatened to deploy fighter-bombers to destroy
But if the Nile begins drying up because of that dastardly dam,
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