Climate Change Threatens Water Supplies Vital to National Security – UN

Stresses on water supplies aggravated by climate change are likely to cause more conflicts and water should be considered as vital to national security as defense, says a new United Nations report, reports Alister Doyle at Reuters News.  About 145 nations share river basins with their neighbors and need to promote cooperation over a resource likely to be disrupted by more frequent floods and heatwaves, it advised. Nearly 200,000 Somalis fled to neighboring nations in 2011, driven largely by drought induced water and food shortages, while in South Sudan, entire communities were forced to leave due to water scarcity brought on by conflict in 2012. “Few issues … have the potential to create friction more than the management of water shared across international borders,” said former Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien, who chairs an influential group campaigning to make water a security issue. Water supplies are increasingly stressed from a growing 7 billion population. Climate change damage involves water, be it from devastating floods killing thousands, or droughts that drive up global food prices. Water-related diseases, from diarrhea to malaria, kill millions yearly, and climate change will worsen that.

 

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Water as vital to national security as defense, UN says. Stresses on water supplies aggravated by climate change are likely to cause more conflicts, and water should be considered as vital to national security as defense, a United Nations report said on Friday. Reuters  http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/22/us-water-idUSBRE92L0XD20130322

 

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Mel (Mary Ellen) Harte is a biologist (PhD) and climate change educator. She co-authored the free online book, COOL THE EARTH, SAVE THE ECONOMY, available at www.CoolTheEarth.US, and writes the CLIMATE CHANGE THIS WEEK column at the HuffingtonPost. Living summers in the alpine Rockies, she is on the frontlines of watching what climate change can do. Her diagnostic digital photographs of wildflowers have appeared in numerous publications.
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