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Iraq's Marshes, Corporate Control, And Water Scarcity

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Euphrates River
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Why isn't Saddam Hussein on trial for this? For what Hussein did in diverting water from those who needed it simply to punish them politically was clearly a human rights abuse. However, we never hear of this from the "occupying force" there. Why not?

Iraq Marshes' Recovery In Doubt

The long-term recovery of the Iraq marshlands is in doubt because of uncertainties over water supplies to the wetlands, research suggests.

The first study to look at the marshes' recovery warned that increased water demand from farmers and cities could lead to only a portion being restored. Large areas were drained in the 1990s to punish the Marsh Arabs for rebelling against former leader Saddam Hussein.

The findings will be presented next week to the British Ecological Society. Curtis Richardson, from Duke University, North Carolina, US, who led the research, warned that the recent faster-than-expected pace of recovery was unlikely to continue in the long term.

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Final Report On Water Scarcity Offers Solutions

Again, in order to see water saved, we need human will to be triumphant over greed. Also, we need to address other issues besides ways of storing water, and in using less water intensive crops. We need to also address over population, pollution, government corruption, and political interference regarding amicable resolutions between countries regarding water disputes. And above all, we need to reign in the amount of CO2 and other greenhouse gases such as methane that contribute to the global warming causing droughts, with severe drought currently in much of the world.

I believe it is correct to say we have the resources to fight any scarcity problems we have be they economic or physical. However, that depends on all of us working together globally after first realizing how important it also is to look beyond the political, and more to the human and moral aspects of this problem. For as was illustrated in my previous entry today, our behavior and moral deafness is giving us less and le…

The Glaciers of South America: Cities In Peril Of Losing Water

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View from the top ...
Two images of the Upsala glacier in Argentina show the retreat of the ice (top: 1928; bottom: 2004).
Photograph: Greenpeace/Reuters

This article shows how climate change and the global water crisis are inextricably linked to each other. Just keep burning those fossil fuels.

Cities in peril as Andean glaciers melt

Ice sheets expected to last centuries could disappear in 25 years, threatening water supplies

John Vidal, environment editor

Tuesday August 29, 2006

Andean glaciers are melting so fast that some are expected to disappear within 15-25 years, denying major cities water supplies and putting populations and food supplies at risk in Colombia, Peru, Chile, Venezuela, Ecuador, Argentina and Bolivia.

The Chacaltaya glacier in Bolivia, the source of fresh water for the cities of La Paz and El Alto, is expected to completely melt within 15 years if present trends continue. Mount HuascarĂ¡n, Peru's most famous mountain, has lost 1,280 hectares (3,163 acres) of ice, aroun…