In a decision, the court ruled that the Sunshine State had made a "legally sufficient showing" supporting a cap on Georgia's water consumption in the basin, despite the fact that the Army Corps of Engineers — which controls water flows in the region — was not involved in the litigation. The case, though, is far from over.
Ina report by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation quietly warned of a bleak, water-scarce future for the Middle East. Three years later, the situation has only become more bleak, as water increasingly becomes a coveted and politicized resource. Over the last twenty years, there have already been six conflicts in the Middle East, claiming the lives of millions.
What is already the norm may move past a breaking point with drastic climate change already underway. One study predicts a 25 percent decrease in rainfall throughout the Middle East by the end of the century.
Countries already struggling with instability, chronic water shortages, droughts, and insecurity will be the hardest hit. The Human Development Report forecasted a 50 percent decline in water availability in Syria, not by the end of the century, but in For Israel, this is nothing new.
In a city with millions, food scarcity is likely to lead to crime and violence. But in the arid, sweltering Middle East, it could conceivably lead to outright war.
Jordan is an outlier that is quickly becoming the norm. Vulnerable to anything that happens upstream of the Jordan river, it relies mainly on underground aquifers, drawing percent more water than is sustainable — essentially they are drying up their supply.
With the influx of refugees, urban population growth, and reserves running dry, Jordan is confronted with a near-certain prospect of drought.
Gulf countries, already struggling with water scarcity, have opted for costlier solutions such as desalination, which separates sea salt from water. Desalination produces chemical by-products, high carbon dioxide emissions, which accelerate water scarcity.
Warring for water is nothing new.
Somalia is a tragic example of this. A Brookings Institute report found that in more than over hundred years, more than half of all natural disaster-related deaths were because of drought. No longer exceptions and increasingly the norm, water insecurity and exhaustion are only expected to get worse.
The world is already past the point of no return. Even the agreed-upon goals of the UN Climate Summit will not make a difference. On the other hand, just three top emitters produce more carbon dioxide than other countries. The Max Planck Institute has warned of areas of the Middle East becoming uninhabitable for human life.
They conclude that summer temperatures in the Middle East will increase at twice the normal global average. The temperate, mild regions of the Mediterranean are expected to reach 46 degrees Celsius by In this new Middle East, nighttime temperatures will not fall below 30 degrees Celsius, and normal day temperatures will reach 50 degrees Celsius.
Air conditioning is a short-term solution as it will only increase energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions.
Over 3 billion people will call the Middle East and Africa home by Water might replace oil as a strategic resource. Whether you believe climate change is real or contrived, water shortages are substantial.
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