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Re: E-M:/ Detroit News: Future water shortages could foster new conflicts



It is a frightening scenario.  Hundreds of refugees streaming across township borders in search of water, local governments shaken from within by water riots.  Hostile townships pushed over the edge in open "warfare" by conflicts over scarce water.
 
Sounds like northwestern Monroe County today, where the "neighborly" limestone mining and cement making operations suck all the water out of the ground without regard to the citizenry whose wells have gone dry by this dreadful waste of resources.  Local, county and state governments sit idly by and fail to enforce the existing statutes, and refuse to create new statutes because of the almighty buck.
 
Bill
 
----- Original Message -----
From: Rita Jack
Sent: Wednesday, January 02, 2002 12:26 PM
Subject: E-M:/ Detroit News: Future water shortages could foster new conflicts

This from the Detroit News:  http://detnews.com/2001/nation/0112/27/a05-376603.htm

 

-Rita.

 

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Future water shortages could foster new conflicts
Global scarcity may breed instability

By Joan Lowy / Scripps Howard News Service

   WASHINGTON -- It is a frightening scenario: Millions of refugees streaming across borders in search of water, governments shaken from within by water riots, hostile nations pushed over the edge in open warfare by conflicts over scarce water.
   It's a picture that appears increasingly possible in the coming decades. By 2015, nearly 3 billion people -- 40 percent of the projected world population -- are expected to live in countries that find it difficult or impossible to mobilize enough fresh water to satisfy the food, industrial and personal needs of their citizens.
   

 

 

 

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Rita Jack

Water Sentinels Project Director

Mackinac Chapter Sierra Club

 

"Speak out - even if your voice shakes."