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Water Wars: Are they avoidable?

Some parts of the world mainly the poor regions especially Africa and South Asia face severe water problems. All you can see in most places is cracked ground, cactus and almost no signs of life. Water problem is a huge problem.

But it can trigger wars too... Nuclear wars. Take Pakistan and India for example. Several wars have taken place between these two nuclear neighbors since their Independence 65 years ago. Both countries face severe poverty and of course water problem.

Most of Pakistan's major rivers come through India. India has already started building dams and several major projects over almost all of those rivers which violate the treaties signed previously regarding the rivers. Since in the future, population will increase and water coming through these rivers will get lesser and lesser, a huge war(or even nuclear war) might start between the two nations.

You may say that finding reserves of water underground is a solution like they have found in any African country recently. But is it possible to do that in countries where GDP is lower than the world average, where most people don't give tax and a country which is deeply surrounded by a curses like 'loan' and corrupt leaderships?

Water problems are getting worse over the past few years and I can't imagine them getting any better in the near future. In that case then, will it be possible to avoid water wars?

  • Sep 5 2012: Look for any alternative before going to war. A war will bring to your people more suffering that what India is doing. Thermal waste heat from power plants can process salt water. People from Pakistan are very smart and will find a technological solution to this problem.
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    Sep 4 2012: Boil and filter salt water, with solar concentration.
    • Sep 5 2012: I don't think that is a solution, as this has a huge impact on the sealife.
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        Sep 5 2012: So does burning coal, and gas... Which is what you are currently doing, as am I... We're acidifying the seas, with the current byproduct of energy production.

        Sea levels are rising, un naturally... This will be an answer to that. You build the facillities on common tracts of beach, with routine sea life, so as not to impact endangered species... Then, you use the water to irrigate farm land, which grows crops, which produce oxygen... This is the solution to all energy problems... but it will never be implemented, because all governments, and corporations are corrupt, and incompetent.
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    Sep 4 2012: You might see those areas become void of people,we're human,we go where there is water and once it starts those that stay,well that's going to be sad.People don't actually see it but borders might rearrange again and in the last 300 years borders have been changing at lightning speeds.No system can sustain itself without water.
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    Sep 4 2012: Yeah Arthur I do agree with you but what I think is that before blaming other nations we should solve the heaps of problem we have like you said that corrupt leadership actually we are a 'great nation' that the most corrupted persons in the country are our minister and leaders. What do you think about the Kala Bagh Dam and the others water projects which are pending?? We are listening this from our childhood that Pakistan has the biggest canal system but no one tried to use it as the way of transportation

    In the 21st century when there a more than 100 methods to produce the electricity still facing load shedding of energy more than 12 hours a day and still I am using UPS to reply you so the point is that firstly we should get rid of these politician who do politics on the deaths of their own people. I think if we have leaders like Muhammad Ali Jinnah or Nelson Mandela we will be able to fight these wars on a round table instead of a battle field.
    • Sep 4 2012: Dear Naveed. I just gave an example of India and Pakistan's water problems. Kala Bagh Dam is another issue and so is loadshedding despite the latter one being related quite directly with water.

      As far as politicians are concerned I can only say that "Vote yourself out". Get rid of them through the democritical way. No revolution will help you guys. Just give vote to those new politicians who haven't taken the office yet.
  • Sep 4 2012: Yes, but unlikely.

    We could avoid the wars by using the water more wisely and by inventing and deploying appropriate technology.

    This will require education and training. It will also require profit for the inventors, manufacturers and distributors.

    If we choose, we can repeat history, and just go to war. It is simple and direct and requires much less thinking.