Pouring Water On The Natural Resource Debate
Oil, gas, timber, corn, slurry, ash. The list of natural resources that could provoke violent conflict in the coming decades is long, but one candidate stands out.
If climate change proceeds apace in the world's arid lands, geopolitical and natural resources experts say the potential for civil conflict over water resources is high. Especially in subsistence economies, water looms larger than oil as the indispensable resource.
In situations like Darfur many observers say the catastrophe can be attributed more to water scarcity than religious or cultural problems between an Arab Khartoum and an African south.
Resource expert Michael Klare specified that, though the world's leading powers are more likely to engage in conflict over oil, smaller states will see water conflicts that are "more frequent, more numerous, more widespread."
International Alert consider 46 countries that could face violent conflict over water.
The Pacific Institute's data on water worldwide.
The link between water and conflict is debated thoroughly at Seed.
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Archeologists had been doubtful since no such ship had ever been found.
- In 450 BCE, Greek historian Herodotus described a barge that's never been found.
- When the ancient port of Thonis-Heracleion was discovered, some 70 sunken ships were found resting in its waters.
- One boat, Ship 17, uncannily matches the Herodotus' description.
The blood of horseshoe crabs is harvested on a massive scale in order to retrieve a cell critical to medical research. However, recent innovations might make this practice obsolete.
- Horseshoe crabs' blue blood is so valuable that a quart of it can be sold for $15,000.
- This is because it contains a molecule that is crucial to the medical research community.
- Today, however, new innovations have resulted in a synthetic substitute that may end the practice of farming horseshoe crabs for their blood.
The Canadian professor has been on the Joe Rogan Experience six times. There's a lot of material to discuss.
- Jordan Peterson has constantly been in the headlines for his ideas on gender over the last three years.
- While on Joe Rogan's podcast, he explains his thoughts on the gender differences in society.
- On another episode, Peterson discusses the development of character through competition.
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