Water Wars are Avoidable

Posted: August 2, 2016 by Nazim in Environmental Law

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Water wars have been a common forecast among geopolitical speculators. Although water itself is one of the most abundant natural resources on the planet, 97% of it is, for most purposes, unusable due to salinity. And desalinization has been commonly regarded as unfeasible or too expensive. However, technology in the area has advanced considerably, to the point that Israel currently makes more freshwater than it needs, and is planning to make even more. This is, in part, thanks to a zealous water conservation campaign that has reduced freshwater usage. My takeaway point here is that if it’s feasible for Israel, it’s probably feasible in most of the first world, and hopefully in less wealthy countries once production efficiencies get going.

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