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Archive for February, 2014

Canadian Ambassador: Water Wars With U.S. Will Become Bigger Issue Than Pipelines

Via the Vancouver Sun, an article reporting that some senior Canadian diplomats think that water wars with the U.S. will soon become more important than current cross-border deliberations over potential petroleum pipelines: Canada must prepare for diplomatic water wars with the U.S., as demand on both sides of the border grows for this vital but […]

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The Drying Of The American West

Courtesy of The Economist, a sobering report on the drought conditions in the American west: THE first rule for staying alive in a desert is not to pour the contents of your water flask into the sand. Yet that, bizarrely, is what the government has encouraged farmers to do in the drought-afflicted south-west. Agriculture accounts […]

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Water Crisis Brings Threats Of Mideast War And Terrorism

Via Terra Daily, further commentary on two studies examining the growing global water crisis: Satellite data released by the University of California, Irvine, shows the world’s water supply is disappearing fast because of agricultural demand, an expanding population, energy production and climate change, with the Middle East, Africa and Asia in particular facing crisis in […]

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Why Global Water Shortages Pose Threat Of Terror And War

Via The Guardian, a sobering article on From California to the Middle East, huge areas of the world are drying up and a billion people have no access to safe drinking water. US intelligence is warning of the dangers of shrinking resources and experts say the world is ‘standing on a precipice’ An Egyptian farmer […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: China’s Transboundary & Third Pole ‘Obstacles’

Courtesy of China Water Risk, a list of China’s top five environmental trends includes the following on water: As long as China does not sign comprehensive water sharing agreements regarding water ulitisation of transboundary rivers with neighbouring countries, transboundary water management will continue to fuel geopolitical fears in the region. Given China’s search for clean […]

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California’s Water Wars: 2014-2030

Via Truthout, an interesting look at how climate change, drought and peak oil might shape California’s conflict over water in the coming decades: What happens after California drought, peak oil, climate chaos, economic depression and water privatization finally get to the population of the Golden State? Those who hope to keep water in public hands […]

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