Water Wars

U.S. and Canada Water Wars?

According to a recent Water Online article, the U.S. and Canada could soon be at odds over water. Post Media's Canada.com recently reported: "Canada must prepare for diplomatic water wars with the U.S., as demand on both sides of the border grows for this vital but ultimately limited resource, says Gary Doer, Canadian ambassador to the United States." He said the problem is so pressing that in five years it will make other public debates look "silly." “I think five years from now we will be spending diplomatically a lot of our time and a lot of our work dealing with water,” he said in the report. “There will be pressure on water quality and water quantity.” Canada is rich in water resources--the country controls over 21 percent of the world's supply of fresh water.


October 1, 2014--Preventing water wars: How to build bridges over river disputes (The Guardian)

Fifty years ago, Lake Chad in Africa had a surface area of 25,000 square kilometres. Today, it has less than 2,000. The surface area of the Aral Sea in central Asia has dropped by half, from 66,000 to 33,000 square km, and the Dead Sea in the Middle East from almost 1,000 to 650 square km. Fifty years from now, Lake Chad is at risk of disappearing altogether.


September 26, 2014--Could water scarcity prompt a battle between U.S. and Canada? (Water Online)

Is water so scarce that it could lead to war between the U.S. and Canada over ownership of the valuable substance?


June 20, 2014--Water war bubbling up between California and Arizona (Los Angeles Times)

Once upon a time, California and Arizona went to war over water. The year was 1934, and Arizona was convinced that the construction of Parker Dam on the lower Colorado River was merely a plot to enable California to steal its water rights.


February 8, 2014--Why global water shortages pose threat of terror and war (Observer)

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.


December 19, 2013--Water wars began in SF 100 years ago (NBC)

There's a lot of water pressure in San Francisco. Behind every turn of the faucet, there's 100 years of contentious history. Dec. 19, 1913, was when President Woodrow Wilson signed into law the Raker Act, which allowed San Francisco to begin drawing its water from as-yet unbuilt Hetch Hetchy Reservoir in Yosemite National Park.


December 3, 2013--The case for waterless urinals to take over the world (Washington Post)

M&T Bank Stadium, home of the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens, reduced its water usage by 43 percent after installing 400 waterless urinals. The Staples Center in Los Angeles — which hosts the NBA’s Lakers and Clippers — is saving 7 million gallons a year, according to Falcon Waterfree Technologies, the leader in waterless urinals.


November 6, 2013--Watering holes (Huff Post)

Climate change provokes not just water rising up over our heads but emotional flooding as well.


October 17, 2013--The coming water wars (Washington Times)

As competition for the precious resource grows, water will be a key to war and peace. In an increasingly water-stressed world, shared water resources are becoming an instrument of power, fostering competition within and between nations.


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