Thursday, March 27, 2008


INDEPENDENT, UK The world faces a future of "water wars", unless action is taken to prevent international water shortages and sanitation issues escalating into conflicts, according to Gareth Thomas, the International Development minister the years ahead," said Mr Thomas. . . His department warned that two-thirds of the world's population will live in water-stressed countries by 2025. The stark prediction comes after the Prime Minister said in his national security strategy that pressure on water was one of the factors that could help countries "tip into instability, state failure or conflict".

[A] coalition of charities has appealed for a global effort to bring running water to the developing world and supply sanitation to a further 2.6 billion people. . .In their letter, the campaigners say: "Each year 443 million school days are lost globally to diarrhea and 1.8 million children die unnecessarily from these diseases

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