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Water Grabbing

by on September 25, 2013

Water Grabbing

Texas is fighting both Mexico and Oklahoma for water.


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  1. This article was particularly interesting to read, especially after just finishing the book “Catastrophe in the Making” about Hurricane Katrina, an area that has been affected greatly by water. Water has increasingly become a problem in the world, whether it be too much water from flooding and sea level rise, or too little water from drought in certain areas of the world. I thought it was interesting to read about the struggle between countries and states that are competing over a single water source, in this case the Rio Grande River. With increases in global temperature, changes in climate, and more demand for water for increasing agriculture, competition for water between countries is likely to become more common. Actions that occur upstream in rivers will greatly affect downstream areas of the river and affect countries and areas downstream of the river. I recently read that the dams created upstream in the Colorado river, decreased the flow of water by so much that it barely came out as trickle at its end- deeply affecting its downstream area. Upstream sections of the river need to become more conservative in their water uses, in order to supply a fair share of water to downstream sections. “Water wars” are likely to increase, and thus more sustainable water practices are needed in the world.

  2. Water takes up 70% of the globe. It is the single most vital thing to our survival, and in a perfect world, would be equally accessible by everyone. Obviously we do not live in a perfect world. Those who are fortunate enough to live in first world countries still have to pay for water, and in other words, have to pay for their survival. In other parts of the world, peoples’ water is contaminated and poisonous. It’s ironic that third world nations’ water, their lifeblood, is a large factor in killing countless people, and its out of control that even in first world countries, people spend their hard-earned money to drink the most abundant and important resource our world can offer.
    Albeit the treaty that dictated how much water Mexico would give to Texas was instituted in 1944, but this further points to the long-standing tragedy that is the monopolization of water. The post above me was right in saying that competition between countries for water is going to become more common as a result of pressing environmental circumstances. This idea and the situation between Mexico and Texas can be related to the World Systems Theory. Not only is Mexico a semi-periphery country in terms of providing first-world countries with commodities, but now it has become semi-periphery in the sense that it is being used for its water…scary. Why’s it scary? Because, and as cliche as it sounds, all people are in this world together. The human race has been kept alive by water since its very first days, and now it looks as though only those in power are going to be the ones who will be able to afford water in the future.

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