Herat is home to an India-built dam that provides water for drinking, irrigation and bathing for much of western Afghanistan. If the Taliban control that water, they control the population.
The lasting problems of infrastructure aren’t of need or construction, but of overbuilding, delayed costs and the challenges of thinking ahead.
A bipartisan group of senators said it reached a deal on $550 billion in new spending on infrastructure.
China’s engagement with Ghana was solidified by its willingness to undertake an expensive project Western partners had run away from.
Dams built in an earlier age are suddenly vulnerable as the climate shifts.
With adaptive design, infrastructure is ready to be expanded in the future. It’s working for the Dutch.
Dam politics have resurfaced in Africa as the continent’s urban population grows.
The Arctic is particularly vulnerable to climate change, but efforts to tackle it risk alienating the people who live there.
New research published in the journal Nature reveals that more than 1.2 million flow barriers exist on European rivers and that approximately 10% are obsolete.
Downpours in eastern Australia this year have been good for crops and some dams. But when it comes to drought, Australia is not out of the woods yet.
Fish need to cross roads too. But the tunnels built to channel rivers under roads and railways can block their migrations.
Salt storms are an emerging threat, as Lake Urmia dries up and exposes huge salt marshes.
Canada needs to reform budgeting and reporting methods to recognize the true underlying nature and value of expenditures on social infrastructure.
The number of visitors to the restored wetlands is increasing each year, as is the wildlife.
Thousands of dams across the US are aging and overdue for maintenance. Taking them down can revive rivers, restore fish runs and create new opportunities for tourism and outdoor activities.
The review examined hundreds of studies and concluded the lower Murray should remain a freshwater ecosystem, or severe environmental and economic damage will result.
Dams built to hold enormous quantities of toxic mining waste have a long history of spills. Decisions in the Pacific Northwest threaten three free-flowing rivers there.
The ‘New Bradfield’ scheme seeks to revive a nation-building ethos supposedly stifled by bureaucratic inertia. But there are good reasons the scheme never became a reality.
It’s imperative that we understand what creates and sustains the delta for the future management of the system.
The real crisis with water supply is that South Africa doesn’t know what it doesn’t know.