Friday, August 26, 2011

MPs: Water woes could spark war

The Citizen "Members of Parliament on Monday and yesterday decried the scarcity of water during a debate on the 2011/12 budget estimates for the ministry of Water.They concurred with environmentalists that the acute shortage of water for drinking and irrigation might lead to global water wars, praying for such a situation never to befall Tanzania.

The UN environment agency warns that about 40 per cent of the world’s population already affected to some degree, but population growth, climate change and a rise in living standards will worsen the situation. The United Nations Environment Programme (Unep) says almost 3 billion people will be severely hit by a shortage of water within the next 50 years."