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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A NASA astronomer explains how astronauts dispose of their, uh, dark matter.
- When nature calls in micro-gravity, astronauts must answer. Space agencies have developed suction-based toilets – with a camera built in to ensure all the waste is contained before "flushing".
- Yes, there have been floaters in space. The early days of space exploration were a learning curve!
- Amazingly, you don't need gravity to digest food. Peristalsis, the process by which your throat and intestines squeeze themselves, actually moves food and water through your digestive system without gravity at all.
The Harvard psychologist loves reading authors' rules for writing. Here are his own.
- Steven Pinker is many things: linguist, psychologist, optimist, Harvard professor, and author.
- When it comes to writing, he's a student and a teacher.
- Here's are his 13 rules for writing better, more simply, and more clearly.
A growing body of research shows promising signs that the keto diet might be able to improve mental health.
- The keto diet is known to be an effective tool for weight loss, however its effects on mental health remain largely unclear.
- Recent studies suggests that the keto diet might be an effective tool for treating depression, and clearing up so-called "brain fog," though scientists caution more research is necessary before it can be recommended as a treatment.
- Any experiments with the keto diet are best done in conjunction with a doctor, considering some people face problems when transitioning to the low-carb diet.
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