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April 25, 2013

Water wars?

Increasing water scarcity could drive the next century's conflicts.
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An Indian boy walks on the parched land which was once a pond in Bhubaneswar, Orissa, India, on 17 May 2012. EPA/STR

Has water replaced oil as the word’s scarcest resource? By 2030, 47% of the world’s population will be living in areas of high scarcity. In Yemen, the situation is already verging on catastrophic and is low on the government agenda. It has long been contentious between Israelis and Palestinians, and with little cooperation on the issue; there is no solution in sight. Whether it’s due to issues of natural or politically created scarcity, will future wars be fought over water? Join the conversation at 1930GMT.

In this episode of The Stream, we speak to:

Steven Solomon
Author, “Water: The Epic Struggle for Wealth, Power and Civilization"
thewaterblog.com

Sandra Ruckstuhl
Senior Specialist for Conflict & Development, Group W
group-w-inc.com

Anwer Sahooly @giz_gmbh
Team Leader, Yemen Water Sector Program at GIZ
tc-wateryemen.org

Gidon Bromberg @FoEMidEast
Israeli Director, EcoPeace/Friends of the Earth Middle East (FoEME)
foeme.org

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