China’s Looming Water Crisis
How might the World be different if a billion Chinese face a water crisis? Think they – or any other country in such a situation (many are threatened) – may lash out? Would you fight for water if your family was dying? Yet we treat water systems as septic tanks, undervalue them, and generally fail to think where the water comes from (other than the tap). I predict widespread human suffering and conflict over water in our lifetimes. Damn shame, it does not have to be like that. A sense of “enoughness” must be developed in rich countries, and resources shifted from efforts to achieve security militarily to doing so through equitable and sustainable development. Cut the crap – this is not communism – it is survivalism, and it is just and right thing to do. The question is whether Americans and other rich countries can learn to share.
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Surging water consumption in China's growing cities and towns, coupled with reckless industrial and agricultural use, is straining the nation's already strapped water supplies…