Discussion for White Paper: Future Global Conflicts Based On Water, Not Oil

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RiffRaff
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Sun Feb 11, 2018 7:43 pm

On or about May 11, 2018, Cape Town, South Africa, will be the first major world city to officially run out of drinking water.
https://www.vox.com/world/2018/2/9/1696 ... uth-africa

These next 11 cities could possibly be the next to face this same crisis within the first half of this century:
Source: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-42982959
São Paulo
Bangalore
Beijing
Cairo
Jakarta
Moscow
Instanbul
Mexico City
London
Tokyo
Miami

Some American cities are now limiting the amount of rain water citizens may collect as it falls on their personal property.

At what point will nation states switch from warring over fossil fuels and begin wars for water? Or has that already begun?

I find it difficult to believe that fresh water is just disappearing off the planet. A huge percentage of water used by humans ends up right back in the environment and can be re-used after natural or artificial filtering processes. Also, we have desalination technology, even if it is expensive. The salt-water oceans would provide Earth with unlimited access to fresh drinking water if that technology were put to use now.

What is the solution, and what will happen if/when water, not oil, becomes the next major resource that countries will be willing to go to war over?
"It's in your nature to destroy yourselves." - Terminator 2: Judgment Day

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Fri Feb 16, 2018 3:12 pm

This is a real problem and rapidly accelerating towards reality for the Americas as well.
Lee

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