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‘Water Wars’

Water Wars Heat Up In South America

Bolivian President, Evo Morales visits Silala water spring in South Bolivia. Photo: luminota.com (The Real Agenda) Landlocked Bolivia claims Chile must pay for its use of a natural spring water born on Bolivian territory. Fresh water is “the most important resource for mankind”. That is how the liquid is defined by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), which also highlights that water can be a “potential source of welfare or misery, cooperation or conflict.” In the case of Bolivia and Chile it seems that only the last option is contemplated for now. The International Court of Justice in The Hague (ICJ) will decide this year on the Bolivian allegation that it needs to have a way… Read More

Water Wars Loom Over California: Who Gets the Water

The announcement that California is rapidly running out of water has put new pressure on our most precious resource that could, in turn, force increased prices and shut down organic food production. Ultimately, it could even threaten the food supply. The recent warnings from NASA hydrologist Jay Famiglietti, based on satellite data of the groundwater supply as it is threatened by the ongoing drought, is only compounding the issues for farmers who have already been driven to cut back production as water is rerouted to cities and industries. State leaders are embracing a full on crisis, and there is no sign of letting up: At a news conference on March 19, 2015, California Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon warned, “There… Read More