Afraid of water wars? Typically disputes over water and other natural resources have led to cooperation rather than conflict. But demand is up, supply down and a tornado of new factors entering the equation. 25% of water conflicts of the last five millennia occurred within the last decade.
Last month Bob Sandford, a Canadian water-policy expert, spoke to journalists at a conference [via Winnipeg Free Press / Population growth, climate change raising odds of war over water, forum hears]:
"Water resources in themselves have rarely been the sole source of conflict or war. Unfortunately, our global water situation is changing rapidly and may soon no longer resemble anything that has existed on earth before. The tensions and conflicts over water of the kind that have typically occurred in the past will soon represent only one of many emerging explosive hydro-climatic issues that are likely to bring sovereign nations into internal and external discord that could erupt in violence. Humanity's numbers appear to be the greatest threat to water security globally. We have created a hydroclimatic bomb, and that bomb has started to tick. But we don't know how big the bomb is or where or when it will go off."
(Read much more water related conflict news using the 'water' tag at my blog, Ecowar.)