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Oil never melts in water
Water scarcity may lead to doomsday, globally
10/01/2008

Geo-politics with water is a new concern, albeit it takes the second fiddle to oil as a political tool. Fresh water is only 0.4% of the total water bodies on Earth and its availability is decreasing, by 30% to 40% over next 20 years. Middle East, though oil rich, is not water rich. This region has 1% of total water reserves, being shared by 5% of world’s population, it’s home to. The politics over water in Middle East has already started. As always, Israel is the bully in the region, depriving Jordan, Syria & Palestine of their due share of water. In 1994, Israel and Jordan signed a ‘peace treaty’ in which Israel promised to provide 50 million cubic metres of water per year. Israel changed like a chameleon, refusing to honour the treaty in 1999. Back home, there was a conflict of interest between India and Bangladesh over water sharing of Ganga. The construction of Farakka Barrage, became bone of contention between the two. An amicable agreement was reached in late 1990s to share the water more equitably. The misuse, pollution and wastage of water is making it a scarce to humans. The alarm bell is ringing, where mankind should act fast or repent.

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