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Sat Mar 24, 2012, 08:27 AM

56. US intelligence: looming water woes will add to global instability

http://www.nationofchange.org/us-intelligence-looming-water-woes-will-add-global-instability-1332511139



Floods and water short­ages in the next 30 years will make it hard for many coun­tries to keep up with grow­ing de­mand for fresh water, par­tic­u­larly in South Asia, the Mid­dle East and North Africa, the U.S. in­tel­li­gence com­mu­nity re­ported Thurs­day.

Water prob­lems in the next decade will add to in­sta­bil­ity in coun­tries that are im­por­tant to U.S. na­tional se­cu­rity, the re­port said. Floods and short­ages also will make it hard for some coun­tries to grow enough food or pro­duce enough en­ergy, cre­at­ing risk for global food mar­kets and slow­ing eco­nomic growth.

"I think it's fair to say the in­tel­li­gence com­mu­nity's find­ings are sober­ing," said Sec­re­tary of State Hillary Clin­ton, who re­quested the re­port last year. "These threats are real and they do raise se­ri­ous se­cu­rity con­cerns."

Clin­ton, speak­ing at an event to mark World Water Day, an­nounced a new U.S. Water Part­ner­ship, made up of pri­vate com­pa­nies, phil­an­thropy and ad­vo­cacy groups, aca­d­e­mics and gov­ern­ment. The group will co­or­di­nate ef­forts to solve water prob­lems and make U.S. ex­per­tise more ac­ces­si­ble.

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