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Peace and Climate Change!

Posted by on May 20, 2010 in Climate Change | 6 comments

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Human history is a long chain of violence and Wars. And the 21. century has not changed anything. Wars are still part of our daily life. Because of modern information technology we all know about it in real time. With the growth of the world population it can be safely assumed that wars will even become more numerous in the future. And the possible Climate Change will be probably be one of the causes for it.

War for Water is not a fantasy!

The absurdity of today is that in the era of globalization most wars are fought for the sovereignty of  mini states.

Every war, besides the human victims, also victimizes nature. Every bomb, every mine does a lot of damage to nature and this has to be multiplied by the thousands.

It is a illusion to believe that any country will give up an the military. The biblical saying, swords into plowshares is just that, a biblical saying and nothing more. No nation is willing to do so. Who would be the first to do so? No one would give up the defense. And second, too much profit can be made with weaponry. Also a lot of technical advancement would be lost.

Every army claims to be the defender of the homeland. Interestingly, it is not the defender of society but the homeland. The social system might change but not the homeland. Which is the country and the nature within.

So the question must be allowed, what does the military do to preserve the nature?

The military has the moral obligation to do so!

The military has enough financial resources, man power and know how to build in every military installation a TOTEM System.

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  1. Santos

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  2. Sean John

    Indeed, current debates frequently focus on possible scenarios in the future, which are inherently difficult to test, although they should not be discounted. Then, we focus on what we believe to be a plausible link between climate shifts and problems for human security: mass migration.

    Climate change is likely to be a significant factor leading to mass exodus from increasingly uninhabitable areas, and population shifts stemming directly or indirectly from environmental pressures can place significant burdens on migrant-receiving areas.

  3. Nancy Coben

    Max, If we want to continue indulging in the fruits of Chilean wines, as well as potentially our own drinking water, we look forward to increased capital investment and interest in novel, cost-effective water treatment technologies.

  4. Ben Howray

    Yes Sir, Water War …. Climate change may spark conflict not only in one place, but in all the fu**en world.

    Israel, Jordan and Palestine : Five per cent of the world’s population survives on 1 per cent of its water in the Middle East and this contributed to the 1967 Arab -Israeli war. It could fuel further military crises as global warming continues. Israel, the Palestinian Territories and Jordan rely on the River Jordan but Israel controls it and has cut supplies during times of scarcity. Palestinian consumption is severely restricted by Israel.

    Turkey and Syria : Turkish plans to build dams on the Euphrates River brought the country to the brink of war with Syria in 1998. Damascus accused Ankara of deliberately meddling with their water supply as the country lies downstream of Turkey, who accused Syria of sheltering key Kurdish separatist leaders. Water shortages driven by global warming will pile on the pressure in this volatile region.

    China and India : The Brahmaputra River has caused tension between India and China and could be a flashpoint for two of the world’s biggest armies. In 2000, India accused China of not sharing information of the river’s status in the run up to landslides in Tibet which caused floods in northeastern India and Bangladesh. Chinese proposals to divert the river have concerned Delhi.

    Angola and Namibia : Tensions have flared between Botswana, Namibia and Angola around the vast Okavango basin. And droughts have seen Namibia revive plans for a 250-mile water pipeline to supply the capital. Draining the delta would be lethal for locals and tourism. Without the annual flood from the north, the swamps will shrink and water will bleed way into the Kalahari Desert.

    Ethiopia and Egypt: Population growth in Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia is threatening conflict along the world’s longest river, The Nile. Ethiopia is pressing for a greater share of the Blue Nile’s water but that would leave downstream Egypt as a loser. Egypt is worried the White Nile running through Uganda and Sudan, could be depleted as well before it reaches the parched Sinai desert.

    Bangladesh and India : Floods in the Ganges caused by melting glaciers in the Himalayas are wreaking havoc in Bangladesh leading to a rise in illegal migration to India. This has prompted India to build an immense border fence in attempt to block newcomers. Some 6,000 people illegally cross the border to India every day.

  5. Alexander Cage

    Hello Dear Max, A gloomier scenarios of climate change, violent conflict plays a key part, noting that in such visions of the future, war would break out over declining water resources, and millions of refugees would cause mayhem.

  6. Bob B.

    Everyone knows that climate change is real and happening now. What many people don’t know is that we have the solutions in our hands.

    The world needs: An energy revolution, that lets us quit coal in favour of wind power and solar energy, we need a protection for our forests, so they can continue to clean our atmosphere
    A switch to natural refrigerants, so keeping our food cool doesn’t heat the planet and also we need responsible IT companies who offer climate solutions, and advocate for good environmental laws.

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