Water Wars: Fighting Over Earth's Most Precious Fluid

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Water Wars: Fighting Over Earth's Most Precious Fluid

by Reynard Loki
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Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - 2:00pm

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With global water use growing at more than twice the rate of human population increase in the last century, the issue of water security issue is quickly rising to the top. When it comes to life's most precious fluid, mankind has two very different choices: conflict or cooperation

(3BL Media/Justmeans) -- The first recorded water war occurred more than 4,500 years ago in modern-day Iraq, near the confluence of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. Fought between the neighboring ancient city-states of Lagash and Umma over the region known then as "Gu'edena" ("edge of paradise"), the conflict started when the king of Lagash diverted water to canals, depriving Umma from a fresh water supply. This ancient "resource war" is one of the earliest known organized battles in history.

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Reynard Loki - Reynard is a Justmeans staff writer for Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility. A co-founder of MomenTech, a New York-based experimental production studio, he maintains the blog 13.7 Billion Years and is a contributing author of the publication "Biomes and Ecosystems," a comprehensive reference encyclopedia of the Earth's key biological and geographic classifications, published in 2013 by Salem Press.

 

Keywords: Environment | Justmeans | environment | sustainability | water | water conflict | water scarcity | world water day

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