New app predicts water-related conflict up to year in advance

By Emma Batha

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"Water is often an overlooked risk factor in conflict,"

Problems in Kashmir, for example, are often blamed on long simmering tensions between India and Pakistan, between Hindus and Moslems. Both are true. But often ignored is the issue regarding who controls the Indus River.

And conflicts related to climate change related problems will continue to increase risks around the world, benefitting only the globe's defense industries. And of course those financing them.

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Puzzled why it's an "app". Is it for everyone to use?

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Two comments: first, we need to do something about the explosion of the population of humans on this planet. For example, in just my lifetime, the number of humans has gone from fewer than 2.5 billion to over 7.7 billion in October 2019. Every person wants to have a plentiful supply of fresh, clean water, and the more of us there are, the harder that task becomes.

Secondly, while I never thought it would happen, it appears that the problem of desalinating sea water economically has finally been solved. If the above mentioned article in Scientific American is to be believed, Israel today gets over half of its water through the desalination process, at a cost that is about half of what we here in Southern California pay to have water moved from Central California via pipelines. Currently, in South Cal the above mentioned Israeli company is building at least two desalination plants.

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Future wars will be over water.

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Can't wait for California to go to war w/ itself.

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It said trials suggested an 86% success rate in identifying conflicts with 10 casualties or more.

How bizarre.

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