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Climate Change Impacting Water Resources and Across Border Conflicts

A study released today discusses the impact of Climate Change on water resources and ultimately across border conflicts over those resources. The study issued by the Pacific Institute notes that 40% of the world’s population obtains its water from shared resources.

As a result of the impacts of climate change the study suggests that international conflicts over water resources will increase. As noted in a press release accompanying the study: “Most existing treaties and agreements are based on the outdated assumption that future water supply and quality will not change. Adapting to climate change is going to require changes in the institutions and policies that have been put in place under international treaties.”

Steven M. Silverberg