Sao Paulo: harbinger of water wars
One of the world’s largest cities is in an unprecedented water crisis. Sao Paulo, South America’s largest city and the twelfth largest city in the world, is expected to run out of water by June of 2015. Much of the drought in Brazil is due to the deforestation of the Amazon which increases the levels of heat and reduces rainwater.
Aside from air, living things most need water to survive. When water disappears, the wealthy are able to purchase water such as we saw last year when billionaires paid millions of dollars to import water to their Montecito California estates.
California is in what is being called the worst drought in a millenium. Climate change has reduced the amount of snowpack melt in the mountains which in the past has served to irrigate the farms that provide fresh produce to the rest of the world. To stave off “desertification” water is being pumped from the ground at a faster pace than it can recharge.
A drought emergency has been declared in thirteen counties in Oregon. California and Arizona are battling over access to water from the Colorado River. Israel is cutting off access to water in its ongoing war against the Palestinians. Unprecedented growth in both China and India is causing tensions over the damming of rivers that provide water to both countries.
This comprehensive listing of water wars over the past three millenia provide an interesting history of conflicts over water. It’s interesting to note the acceleration of conflict over water beginning in 2002, just before Uranus entered Pisces, the sign associated with the ocean. Uranus is dry by nature – it rules electricity and lightning storms as well as thunder and radical rebellious […]