Nile Basin Tension Mounts as Waters Decline
Today, nearly a billion people in the developing world don't have access to clean, safe drinking water. In sub-Saharan Africa, people's true potential is restricted by time lost trying to gather water and energy spent suffering from water-borne diseases. Education is lost to sickness. Economic development fails when people have to fight for survival.
As water supplies get tighter, conflicts will inevitably emerge, warns
"Not only could it get worse, but it will get worse," Brown said. "
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Predictions of an economic crisis
Brown predicted an economic crisis as water losses make it more difficult for countries to grow enough grain which leads to the rise in internal food prices.
"This is one of the problems that
Brown said a lot of rice is grown in
Need for policies on population
Brown decried the lack of effort in coordinating water policy and population policy.
"There is no effort to coordinate population policies and water policies and yet in the end the amount of water available will determine the size of the population that can be supported."
The Nile is the world's longest river. It flows 6,700 kilometers through eleven countries in northeastern
Another effort to reach agreement
On Wednesday, the water and irrigation ministers of
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