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REFLECTING ON THE FUTURE OF EVERYTHING
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February 24, 2008
Water Wars! Water is running out! So warned United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at this yearâs World Economic Forum in Davos where he told delegates that actions to prevent discord over water shortages would need to be at the very top of the global agenda this year. This is a prescient warning to humankind. Water covers approximately 70 percent of the planetâs surface. Our rich diversity of life forms depend on abundant supplies of water. All life on Earth is thought to have originated in the ocean and today water makes up 60 to 70 percent of all living matter. About two-thirds of the human body is composed of water. Humans can live no more than a week without drinking water. Water is vital to our survival. In spite of this, potable water has become one of our scarcest resources. For decades, futurists have been predicting wars will be fought over water rather than oil. Well, the future has arrived. The conflict in the Darfur region of Sudan was sparked by drought. Water shortages contribute to poverty and social hardship in Somalia, Chad, Israel, Palestine, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, Haiti, Columbia and Kazakhstan â all parts of the world where water is desperately needed but where guns our found instead.