Thursday, May 14, 2009

Water wars - threat or myth?

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said, “Water scarcity threatens economic and social gains and is a potent fuel for wars and conflict.”

But are wars over water an imminent threat or a media myth?

Seed magazine posted a debate today among 7 experts discussing historical and current events.

I was particularly intrigued by the argument that while many conflicts involve water, in most cases water is not the cause of war. [right, Lake Powell. Credit, National Park Service]

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