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Future political impact of water scarcity may be devastating

Oslo – The world needs to find the equivalent of the flow of 20 Nile rivers by 2025 to grow enough food to feed a rising population and help avoid conflicts over water scarcity, a group of former leaders said. Factors such as climate change would strain freshwater supplies and nations including China and India […]

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Water: The World’s Next Global Security Threat?

In 1990, the Voyager 1 space probe snapped a photograph of the earth. Made famous as a symbol of our common humanity and of a fragile planet, the image came to be known as the Pale Blue Dot. The dot was blue, of course, because its surface is wholly water. On day five of the […]

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Egypt, Water & Political Stability: When The Nile Runs Dry

A new scramble for Africa is under way. As global food prices rise and exporters reduce shipments of commodities, countries that rely on imported grain are panicking. Affluent countries like Saudi Arabia, South Korea, China and India have descended on fertile plains across the African continent, acquiring huge tracts of land to produce wheat, rice […]

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Do we have a right to clean, fresh water?

Dear EarthTalk: Recently the UN voted to declare access to safe and clean water a “human right.” Isn’t that a no-brainer? What are the ramifications of this declaration? – P. James, Boston, MA In July 2010 the United Nations (UN) agreed to a new resolution declaring the human right to “safe and clean drinking water […]

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