Global water shortage
Krogh, Peter F. (Peter Frederic)
Person InterviewedPostel, Sandra
Discusses the consequences of the global water shortage and potential steps to resolve the crisis.
As it became increasingly clear that global water demands were no longer sustainable, countries around the world sought new ways to increase their water supplies, resulting in fears that the next major war could be fought over water. From Africa and the Middle East to China there was a growing scarcity of water, limiting industry and agriculture, threatening economic development and even endangering the well-being of local populations. The limited water supply fostered competition between cities and farms, and tensions between neighboring nations over water rights threatened to spill over into all out conflict. In this episode, Sandra Postel of the World Watch Institute and Joyce Starr of the Global Water Summit Initiative discuss steps the United States and the international community can take to make water use more efficient, as well as the need to increase water efficiency both on farms and in homes.
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Krogh, Peter F. (Peter Frederic) (Georgetown University. School of Foreign ServiceForeign Policy Association, 2005)Examines the growing alarm over what could be the world's next great resource crisis: global water shortages.