Tajik Glaciers

by Dafydd on 3/5/2010 · 1 comment

Tajikistan may not have much. No Caspian hydrocarbons, for example, but it does have water. Well accroding to reports here and here, the water supply is not so reliable any more.

Seems like glacial retreat and changing weather patterns are having a pretty negative effect on Tajik agriculture and river levels. Moreover, this dents any aspiration for large hydro power development.

Perhaps most importantly, this is going to have an impact downstream in Turkmenistan & Uzbekistan.

If I worked in Wall Street, I would be looking for a medium term rise in the price of cotton.


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Julia M March 5, 2010 at 2:08 pm

A dent in Tajikistan’s hydropower ambitions can potentially be relatively welcome news for the downstream states if it means Tajikistan won’t be storing up any more water reserves in the summer to release through the turbines during winter.

Of course if there’s less and less water to go around then they’re all f*ed.

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