Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Wars over Water?

A myth, according to the Wendy Barnaby in the science journal Nature. As she notes:

The 1990s had seen cataclysmic forecasts, such as former World Bank vice-president Ismail Serageldin's often-quoted 1995 prophecy that, although "the wars of this century were fought over oil, the wars of the next century will be fought over water".
The solution? Practically every time, has been trade - imported food has nearly always made the difference and there haven't been wars fought over water. It's nice to know that there's at least one less reason to be worried about a nuclear holocaust (though I'm sure this won't be end of the generally hysterical statements over the issue).

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