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Water Wars - Will They Happen?

Water Wars: The Next Great Driver Of Global Conflict?

We live in an age of great anxiety about threats to global peace and stability. Among these are worries that intense water-related stresses, now showing up in regions around the world, may become all-too-common sources of conflict. Just as often, ...

Water Wars? Devastating Shortages Will Fuel Mideast Conflicts For 25 Yrs

Worse still, according to scientists with the World Resource Institute (WRI), water shortages will exacerbate existing conflicts – and the factor is considered to have contributed to the rising violence in Syria that erupted in 2011. “Drought and ...

Water Wars Are Coming

“Water water every where, nor any drop to drink,” wrote Samuel Taylor Coleridge in his 1798 poem, “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.” The world is awash in water. Seventy percent of the planet’s surface is covered by water, and a significant amount...

Conflicts Over Water

There are complex and real links between water and conflict. While water resources have rarely been the sole source of violent conflict or war, there is a long history of tensions and violence over access to water resources, attacks on water syste...

Waters Wars: How Aquatic Scarcity Sparks Conflicts Between States

For centuries, the protection of natural resources has been tied to wars and conflicts around the world. So it’s unsurprising that when Ethiopia, the source of around 85 percent of the Nile’s water, raised the possibility of building a high dam on...

The Growing Potential For Water Wars

Tensions over water are nothing new and will increase as shortages mount. However, if a global effort isn't undertaken in the near term, cross border conflicts will grow a lot worse unless more is done to preserve this commodity.

Will The Next War Be Fought Over Water?

As soon as 2025, large parts of the world could experience perrennial water shortages, says Dr. Upmanu Lall, director of the Columbia Water Center and a leading expert on hydroclimatology, climate change adaptation, and risk analysis. On a humanit...

A Global Problem: How To Avoid War Over Water

'Whisky is for drinking, water is for fighting over," Mark Twain once said. At the start of the 21st century, his gloomy view on the water side of the equation has been getting endorsements from an impressive - if unlikely - cast of characters. Th...

How Engineers Can Help Prevent Water Wars

Somewhere around 2014, if all goes according to plan, Turkey will complete the Ilisu Dam, a major component of one of the world's most ambitious—​and controversial—​hydro-engineering projects. The dam is the latest addition to the $32-billion Sout...

Water Rights And Water Fights: Preventing And Resolving Conflicts Before They Boil Over

Scarcity of freshwater is an increasingly critical public health problem in many parts of the world. World leaders, including United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, have urged that this issue be given high priority. Inadequate access to saf...

To The Last Drop

SINCE men fight over land and oil and plenty of other things, it would be odd if they did not also fight over a commodity as precious and scarce as water. And they do. The Pacific Institute in California has drawn up a list of conflicts in which w...

Conservation Is The Need Of Hour To Prevent Conflict Over Water

If there is one promise that Indian politicians use effectively to ensure votes, it is development. While it is a praiseworthy objective, they often fail to reveal to their voters the long-term environment costs of development projects. Environmen...

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Water Wars - Will They Happen?

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With water scarcity getting worse every day, will the next World War be fought over water?