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Archive for November, 2008

Terrorism: A Different Type of Water Threat In The Middle East

Via The Khaleej Times, an article on a different kind of water war threat in the Middle East.  As the report notes: “…Prince Khaled Bin Sultan, assistant minister of defence and aviation for military affairs, has urged Arab countries to take precautions against possible terror attacks on water resources. Inaugurating the Third International Conference on […]

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A Pirate Map for Future Water Wars

Via the Water SISWEB, a sobering article on how – as the need for fresh water increases – growing populations across the globe will increasingly turn to groundwater to slake their thirst. As the article notes, UNESCO’s World-wide Hydrogeological Mapping and Assessment Programme (WHYMAP) map can serve as a guide to the world’s groundwater resources […]

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Global Climate Change May Lead to Increased Violence

Via The Houston Chronicle, an article detailing the potential for global climate change to lead to violence.  As the article notes: “…A warmer planet could find itself more often at war …Shifting temperatures lead to shifting populations, they say, and that throws together groups with long-standing rivalries and thrusts them into competition for food and […]

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WSJ: How to Quench the World’s Thirst

From The Wall Street Journal, some interesting perspectives on the world’s water crisis from Maude Barlow, the recently-named water advisor.  Some highlights include “…Geopolitical experts warn that water scarcity poses not just a public health risk, but a threat to global security. Currently, some 1.1 billion people, one-sixth of the world population, lack safe drinking […]

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Pursuit Of A Middle East Water & Energy Union

Via The Guatemala Times, an interesting call by Shlomo Ben Ami, a former Israeli foreign minister, for  continued pursuit of a Middle East Water and Energy Union.  As the article notes: “…the parallels with the role of coal and steel in forging the European Union are clear enough that, over the past month, Joschka Fischer, […]

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