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Why can water not be transferred within California?

First point: farmers who sell their water aren't farmers anymore. Both cash crops and livestock are water-intensive, and while farmers could shift to more water-friendly activities (away from nuts, ...
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Can countries use cross-border rivers to pressure neighbouring countries?

Yes You asked if countries can "pressure" other countries with river management. Of course they can. There is a wide range of possible behaviour that is allowed but not required between ...
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Can countries use cross-border rivers to pressure neighbouring countries?

Blocking or diverting rivers is not an easy task, being outright impossible if the river is big. The water still has to go anywhere, and if it doesn't flow to your neighbour country it will flood ...
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Why can water not be transferred within California?

Part of this seems to just be that the PDF you are referencing is out of date (last updated March 21st, it is now May 10th) and part of it seems to be that the application requires a public comments ...
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What is the customary international law of transboundary fresh waters?

In most cases the boundary is drawn by treaty, but generally, the official boundary is the mid-point between the edge of the water. Each country will have certain rights delineated by treaty, such as ...
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Is there an international law in regards to the ownership of a river that is located in multiple countries?

I think you are mixing several issues here. If an international border runs through/along a river, where is it? Is somebody on the river in both countries at once? When one country owns one bank of ...
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Can countries use cross-border rivers to pressure neighbouring countries?

Perhaps the most (in)famous case of intentional pressure of this kind was the Jordan River Headwater Diversion Plan. In 1964, Arab League officially adopted the plan to divert the major tributaries of ...
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Do Japanese governments support fluoridation?

I'll list some facts I've found around. My translations aren't so great but I believe you will get the gist. "Japan generally does not fluoridate its water supply, and Okinawa is no exception. ...
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Is fluoridation practiced in the Palestinian territories?

Does the Gaza strip or the West Bank have fluoridation of water? Looks like the Gaza Strip has high naturally occurring fluoride in it's water. Greater than the suggested beneficial amount of 0.7-1....
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Is fluoridation practiced in the Palestinian territories?

Hopefully not, though I wasn't able to find any hard data. According to UNICEF "Waterfront" article "Fluoride in water: An overview" about fluorisis about endemic diseases caused by naturally ...
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Can countries use cross-border rivers to pressure neighbouring countries?

The Indus Water Treaty signed in 1960 between India and Pakistan gives Pakistan rights over the three rivers Indus, Jhelum & Chenab. Time and again whenever the situation between the two countries ...
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Has California considered replacing water subsidies with direct agricultural subsidies?

While this isn't a direct answer to your question I think it will get at the problems. Removing the restrictions on who has first access to water and what they purchase it for is unlikely to reduce ...
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