The Globe Is Facing A Near-Certain Chance Of Water-Wars This Century

"Children in Uganda's Kamuli district travel to the edge of the River Nile to collect water for their families."Charlie Tebbutt/CC BY-SA 4.0

According to a new study, there is a 75 to 95% chance humans will see "water wars" in the next 50 to 100 years.

The effects of climate change and continued population growth could lead to “water wars” in the not-too-distant future, according to a new study released in October.

Via Big Think:

The study, which comes from the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC), says that the effects of climate change will be combined with an ever-increasing number of people to trigger intense competition for increasingly scarce resources. This can lead to regional instability and social unrest.

The paper pointed to several hotspots in the world where "hydro-political issues" are more likely to flare up. Not surprisingly, these are areas having problems with accessing fresh water and where a "transboundary" to water exists. That means the people in that area share some body of water, like a lake or a river. So in times of scarcity due to environmental factors and growing population, the water resources become thin and tensions result.

In particular, the five most vulnerable hotspots highlighted by the paper include the Nile, Ganges-Brahmaputra, Indus, Tigris-Euphrates, and Colorado rivers.

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