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It seems intuitive’, write the authors, the less water there is, the more likely it must be that people will fight over it. Well, actually, no. Researchers have found that arid climates are no more conflict-prone than humid ones. This is just one of the myths debunked in the article overleaf which inaugurates this, the International Year of Water Cooperation.

There are more surprises in store. It transpires that conflicts over water erupt in equal measure in rich and poor countries, democracies and autocracies, fortunately on rare occasions. Over the past 70 years, incidences of cooperation have actually outnumbered conflicts by two to one. And there is apparently no evidence of coming water wars, whatever the Cassandras of this world might say.

Fuente: Unesco