Control over the remaining water in the Indus will ignite fire of war around Kashmir where the river emerges more acute.
So far, privatization has been concentrated in poorer countries where the World Bank has used its financial leverage to force governments to privatize their water utilities in exchange for loans.
“We must be extremely careful not to impose market forces on water because there are many more decisions that go into managing water — there are environmental decisions, social-culture decisions,” said David Boys of the U.K.-based Public Services International
Unfortunately, rocketing population, rapid industrial growth, and drastic change in global climate have pushed the world into water bankruptcy
a scramble among global powers to occupy as much water of the world as possible.
our world suffers from acute shortage of fresh drinking water
Realizing this enhancing worth of this most essential commodity of life (water), the world has nicknamed it as “blue gold” and “oil of the 21st century”; it further, attests to the ballooning value of fresh water and its importance to the people of the world.
According to some experts, in 21st century, the “blue gold” will replace the “black gold (oil);
since the world has seen fierce wars in quest for oil, now, it is likely to witness another round of wars on water.
Scarcity of fresh drinking water is going to be the first and foremost factor that might trigger global water wars
The on-going regional water conflicts too testify to the fact that the global water wars are eminent.
Global water utilization has tripled over the last 50 years
The World Bank reports that 80 countries now have water shortages with more than 2.8 billion people living in areas of high water stress
This is expected to rise to 3.9 billion — more than half of the world’s population — by 2030 in a ‘business as usual’-scenario
To add, according to the water project, one in nine people don’t have access to clean drinking water and 37% of those people live in sub-Saharan Africa
Internationally, half of all hospital beds are filled with people suffering from water related diseases
What is more appalling is that in developing countries, around 80% of illness can be linked to poor water conditions.
Apart from this, Global water partnership says that two and half percent of total volume of water on earth is drinkable and out of which only 0.3% is located in rivers and lakes.
Further, National Geographic predicts that by 2025, about 66% of the total population of the world live in water- stressed regions as a result of over use of water and climate change
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