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PetersSmith
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3/27/2016 1:23:01 AM
Posted: 8 months ago
So, for those of you that are unaware, there has been recent concern that the most important commodity in the world: water, is going to become increasingly difficult to find and will invoke international political tension. The lack of cost-effective water supply options in areas like the Middle East, among other elements of water crises can put severe pressures on all water users, whether corporate, government, or individual, leading to tension, and possibly aggression. 11% of the global population, or 783 million people, are still without access to improved sources of drinking water, which provides the catalyst for potential for water disputes. By 2025, two-thirds of the world"s population may face water shortages. And ecosystems around the world will suffer even more. Fears of "water barons", where corporations are trying to privatize the water supply, has also increased. http://www.worldwildlife.org... https://en.wikipedia.org... http://environment.nationalgeographic.com...

With water becoming scarcer, fear of Hydraulic despotism has increased, where water will be used as a form of control; as well as the possibility of a World War for the last remaining pockets of fresh water: Russia has the largest fresh water lake in the world and China aims to quadruple its desalination attempt by 2020. It's predicted that some groups may even try to seperate from their mother countries to try to control water supplies, and old conflicts over certain fresh water resources, such as India and Pakistan over the Indus River. Some say that "water terrorism" will even begin to appear in the future. Reasons for the future "water wars" are said to be from over-consumption and climate change. https://en.wikipedia.org... http://www.npr.org... http://www.usnews.com...

Is water a regional luxury or an international right? Do you think that corporations will try to completely privatize the supply of water? Do you think that there is a possibility of "water wars" in the future? Do you have any suggestions on how to prevent conflicts and water becoming scarcer? Or do you think all of this is completely overblown? Discuss.
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3/27/2016 1:30:00 AM
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And all along the media has been saying CO2 is going to poison us, when its actually all the goddamn NaCl in the frikken oceans killing us!

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3/27/2016 1:39:19 AM
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At 3/27/2016 1:23:01 AM, PetersSmith wrote:
So, for those of you that are unaware, there has been recent concern that the most important commodity in the world: water, is going to become increasingly difficult to find and will invoke international political tension. The lack of cost-effective water supply options in areas like the Middle East, among other elements of water crises can put severe pressures on all water users, whether corporate, government, or individual, leading to tension, and possibly aggression. 11% of the global population, or 783 million people, are still without access to improved sources of drinking water, which provides the catalyst for potential for water disputes. By 2025, two-thirds of the world"s population may face water shortages. And ecosystems around the world will suffer even more. Fears of "water barons", where corporations are trying to privatize the water supply, has also increased. http://www.worldwildlife.org... https://en.wikipedia.org... http://environment.nationalgeographic.com...

With water becoming scarcer, fear of Hydraulic despotism has increased, where water will be used as a form of control; as well as the possibility of a World War for the last remaining pockets of fresh water: Russia has the largest fresh water lake in the world and China aims to quadruple its desalination attempt by 2020. It's predicted that some groups may even try to seperate from their mother countries to try to control water supplies, and old conflicts over certain fresh water resources, such as India and Pakistan over the Indus River. Some say that "water terrorism" will even begin to appear in the future. Reasons for the future "water wars" are said to be from over-consumption and climate change. https://en.wikipedia.org... http://www.npr.org... http://www.usnews.com...

Is water a regional luxury or an international right? Do you think that corporations will try to completely privatize the supply of water? Do you think that there is a possibility of "water wars" in the future? Do you have any suggestions on how to prevent conflicts and water becoming scarcer? Or do you think all of this is completely overblown? Discuss.

I think that war will eventually reshape borders more strongly around things like watersheds in xeric environments. When you look at the Jonglei canal near the Sudd, the Ethiopian sugar plantation projects, the drying of the Aral sea and the division of the Tigris/Euphrates watersheds between Turkey, Syria, and Iraq (all of which are engaged in hydroelectric projects), you realize how much volatility it causes. It's also nothing new; Cyrus the Great made use of water manipulation during his conquest of Babylon, as one example.
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3/27/2016 2:04:09 AM
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Wars over resources is going to happen because we don't care about population control.

If it isn't over water it will just be something else. Survival of the fittest, economy of resources. Nature.
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3/27/2016 2:35:47 AM
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At 3/27/2016 1:23:01 AM, PetersSmith wrote:
So, for those of you that are unaware, there has been recent concern that the most important commodity in the world: water, is going to become increasingly difficult to find and will invoke international political tension. The lack of cost-effective water supply options in areas like the Middle East, among other elements of water crises can put severe pressures on all water users, whether corporate, government, or individual, leading to tension, and possibly aggression. 11% of the global population, or 783 million people, are still without access to improved sources of drinking water, which provides the catalyst for potential for water disputes. By 2025, two-thirds of the world"s population may face water shortages. And ecosystems around the world will suffer even more. Fears of "water barons", where corporations are trying to privatize the water supply, has also increased. http://www.worldwildlife.org... https://en.wikipedia.org... http://environment.nationalgeographic.com...

With water becoming scarcer, fear of Hydraulic despotism has increased, where water will be used as a form of control; as well as the possibility of a World War for the last remaining pockets of fresh water: Russia has the largest fresh water lake in the world and China aims to quadruple its desalination attempt by 2020. It's predicted that some groups may even try to seperate from their mother countries to try to control water supplies, and old conflicts over certain fresh water resources, such as India and Pakistan over the Indus River. Some say that "water terrorism" will even begin to appear in the future. Reasons for the future "water wars" are said to be from over-consumption and climate change. https://en.wikipedia.org... http://www.npr.org... http://www.usnews.com...

Is water a regional luxury or an international right? Do you think that corporations will try to completely privatize the supply of water? Do you think that there is a possibility of "water wars" in the future? Do you have any suggestions on how to prevent conflicts and water becoming scarcer? Or do you think all of this is completely overblown? Discuss.

We'll improve upon and apply a desalination technology before there'd ever be a world war over water. Perhaps in 3rd world countries, but 1st world countries will most likely just start desalinating ocean water for their growing water demands.

Check out this article: http://www.scientificamerican.com...
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3/27/2016 2:36:07 AM
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At 3/27/2016 1:31:40 AM, Greyparrot wrote:
I'm sure there will just be more desallies built. We have alot of Ocean, and alot of coast line.

Yup.
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3/27/2016 7:47:26 AM
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3/27/2016 10:52:07 AM
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Dihydrogen monoxide is consumed by 100% of criminals. We don't need dangerous chemicals!
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3/27/2016 12:59:29 PM
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A "world war over water" is ridiculous unless we assume that China is the nation acting aggressive in order to secure more drinking water.
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3/27/2016 1:03:46 PM
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However, a fairly large regional conflict in the 3rd world over water is possible, I suppose.
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