Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water Reports on Water Wars, Water Scarcity and the Global Water Crisis
Steven Solomon, Author of, Water: The Epic Struggle for Wealth, Power and Civilization, Talks with Sharon Kleyne
Hear Sharon Kleyne's interview with Steven Solomon on World Talk Radio, Voice America, Green Talk Network and Apple iTunes
Sharon Kleyne, host of the Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water syndicated radio talk show, recently interviewed journalist Steven Solomon regarding water wars, water scarcity, water rights and the global water crisis. Solomon is author of the New York Times best seller, Water: the Epic Struggle for Wealth, Power and Civilization (HarperCollins 2010). Mr. Solomon was interviewed from Rome.
Sharon Kleyne's interview with Steven Solomon may be heard on-demand on World Talk Radio, Voice America, Green Talk Network and Apple iTunes.
Steve Solomon became interested in water scarcity and the global water crisis as an environmental activist in Washington, DC. He concluded that water is the single most indispensable resource in human survival and economic prosperity. It is more important, he believes, than oil.
Discussing World Water Day in The Hague, Netherlands, in progress at the time of the interview, Mr. Solomon noted that democracy as we know it in the United States and much of Europe is based on the Netherlands parliamentary model. The Netherlands system, in turn, evolved from the Dutch water boards formed in the 1300's.
In his book, Mr. Solomon talks about the connection between control of water and access to power. He cites Egypt and the Nile as an extreme example but says the same is true virtually everywhere. The steam engine was invented to ship goods faster via water, sparking the Industrial Revolution. Mr. Solomon believes that 90% of disease is water related.
Global water, according to Steven Solomon, is the "great transformer" that erodes the land, moves things around, climbs up trees, absorbs heat; forms rivers, lakes and oceans, and permeates the air and soil. Water, humidity and the hydrologic cycle are intrinsically linked to climate change.
Yemen, Mr. Solomon notes, is one of the most water-poor places on the planet and has 23 million people living mostly in parched desert. The capital, Sana, has been growing rapidly because of the national water crisis but has a severe water shortage of its own. The continual power struggles in Yemen are ultimately water wars involving control of water.
In Iraq, Saddam Hussein murdered thousands of southern rebels by diverting water from the wetlands in the Tigris-Euphrates delta and poisoning the water that remained. This is an area believed to be the site of the Garden of Eden. The wetlands have since been 60% restored.
Unfortunately for the Iraqis, most of their water supply begins in Turkey (in the United States west of the Mississippi, water mostly begins in Colorado).
Water wars are also a factor in US politics. Imported water is critical to desert cities such as Phoenix, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. Inside California, water wars rage between allocation of scarce water for cities or for irrigation. .
Sharon Kleyne noted that 1.6 billion people worldwide lack access to abundant and sanitary water. The situation is somewhat better in the United States. Ironically, according to Sharon Kleyne, most Americans to not drink the recommended eight to ten glasses of water per day even when it is available and inexpensive.
Sharon Kleyne an Steven Solomon agreed that you cannot drink oil and you cannot grow crops from oil.
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