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let's not water down our hopes

Redesigning our cities for the dawning age of global freshwater scarcity

MilwaukeePhoto: Jeramey Jannene Blog Action Day is an annual event held every October 15 that unites the world’s bloggers in posting about the same issue on the same day with the aim of sparking a global discussion and driving collective action. This year's topic is water. For most of history, cities have been unsanitary human death traps, unable to provide the two to three quarts of wholesome freshwater each of us must drink daily to stay alive or the minimum four to five gallons -- roughly the equivalent of three to four modern toilet flushes -- needed for the most …

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The terror-ble, horrible, no good, very bad freshwater crisis

Water and the War on Terror

While leaders in Washington have been war-gaming the national security risks of climate change, they've only started to connect the dots to the closely related threats emanating from the growing crisis of global freshwater scarcity. At first blush, water and national security may not seem to be interlinked. But the reality, as narrated in my new book WATER: The Epic Struggle for Wealth, Power, and Civilization, is that the unfolding global water crisis increasingly influences the outcome of America's two wars, homeland defense against international terrorism, and other key U.S. national-security interests, including the transforming planetary environment and world geopolitical …