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Geopolitical Implications of New International Trade in Water

Courtesy of Pruned,  an interesting article on the geopolitics of the emerging international trade in water. As the report notes: “First there was Barcelona, and now Cyprus is also importing water. Like Spain, Cyprus is suffering from a severe drought that has left the its reservoirs at 7.5% full. In fact, according to Reuters, the […]

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Southern Spain: Battles Over Water

As recently reported in The International Herald Tribune, southern Europe continues to face a worsening water situation.  As the article notes: “…Spurred on by global warming and poorly planned development, swaths of southeast Spain are steadily turning into desert. This year in Murcia farmers are fighting developers over water rights. They are fighting each other […]

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The Beginning of Water Wars? / Water for Arms

We reported earlier that Spain was recently forced to consider importing water from France by boat to address a severe drought affecting Barcelona. As noted in a separate article, the proposal is interesting because it turns a local drought into an international situation where water scarcity can escalate conflicts, if not bring about water wars. […]

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Severe Drought in Europe Stirs Up Regional Tensions

As recently reported by The International Herald Tribune, a drought that Spanish officials are calling the worst in a century has pushed the coastal city of Barcelona to the brink of a water crisis and re-ignited a tense debate among the country’s rival regions about who should control the precious resource. Water reserves across the […]

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