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Unit Three: The Global Environment and Natural Resources Utilization Article 10: Water is Running Out How inevitable are international conflicts? The Economist October 28, 2006 The likelihood of violence breaking out between countries, especially riparian states, is continuing to increase as the amount of water available is diminishing and what’s left is being overused and exploited and populations are exponentially rising. “Water stress” is a situation where each person in a country is only allowed to use 1500 cubic meters of water per year, and “water scarcity” is when the citizens are only able to use 1000 cubic meters of water per year. By the year 2050 if has been predicted that two thirds of the world’s population will be in one of these states. It is estimated that as soon as 2015 40% of the expected population will live in a nation which has problems with ability to transport water. Competition for water will become intense and countries with large populations will suffer the greatest impact. Since the 1950s there have been over
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