It’s just past noon on a Wednesday, but the bar at the Ski Inn in Bombay Beach, California, is already packed. Bombay Beach is not their destination, just a side trip to see the ruins of the once-famous party town.
A number of major battles — some involving soldiers and others not — have been fought over oil, particularly in the Middle East since the mid-20th century.
Thanks to different kinds of conflicts and so many areas of drought around the world, those fights have shifted in certain places to water.
More people around the world are fighting over water, according to the Pacific Institute, a United States-based think tank. But in Africa the rate of the increase in water-related conflicts is proportionally less than it was in previous decades.
Researchers from six organizations have developed an early warning system to help predict potential water conflicts as violence associated with water surges globally.
California will impose new limits on water usage in the post-drought era in the coming years — but a claim that residents will be fined $1,000 starting this year if they shower and do laundry the same day isn’t true.
Climate scientists warn that the scale and devastation of the wildfires are clear examples of the way climate change can intensify natural disasters.
Islamic State militants destroyed irrigation wells in Iraq. Police in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh killed five farmers during protests over water shortages. Water-related violence similar to these incidents has doubled in the past decade, according to data compiled by the Pacific Institute.
The challenge is as forbidding as it is global, verily the outcome of the cocktail of burgeoning population, poor management of resources, and extreme weather events linked to the climate crisis.
The water crisis is one of the most important problems the world faces and will be an increasing factor in conflict, a freshwater policy expert told Anadolu Agency.
Violence associated with water has surged in the past decade driven by attacks on civilian water systems in Syria’s civil war and increasing disputes over supplies in India, according to a comprehensive database of conflicts linked to the vital resource.
It’s sometimes said that water is worth its weight in gold. While that may not be strictly true in an economic sense, it’s hard to think of any other natural resource as vital to life as simple H2O.
In the past ten years, we lost hope in American politics, realized we were being watched on the internet, and finally broke the gender binary (kind of). So many of the beliefs we held to be true at the beginning of the decade have since been proven false—or at least, much more complicated than they once seemed.