January 27, 2009

Peak Ecological Water to Bring Violence and War to the World

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Ecologists are warning that planet Earth is running out of water.

According to the Times Online, we are getting low on "sustainably managed water":
The warnings, in an annual report by the Pacific Institute in California, come as ecologists have begun adopting the term "peak ecological water" -- the point where, like the concept of "peak oil", the world has to confront a natural limit on something once considered virtually infinite.
Billions of people live without fresh water, and many of our agricultural and industry needs use tremendous amounts of H2O. Experts say we need to become aware of the water content in everyday items. For example, a glass of orange juice takes 850 litres of fresh water to produce it. Water may become a source of violence and war as the situation becomes more dire.
Dan Smith, the Secretary-General of the British-based peacebuilding organisation International Alert, said: "Water is a basic condition for life. Its availability and quality is fundamental for all societies, especially in relation to agriculture and health. There are places -- West Africa today, theGanges-Brahmaputra river system in Nepal, Bangladesh and India, and Peru within ten years -- where major changes in the rivers generate a significant risk of violent conflict. Good water management is part of peacebuilding."
The UN estimates more than 1/3 of the world's population is suffering from water shortages.

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Posted by Jennifer Lance at January 27, 2009 1:42 AM

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