Water is one of the most important resource for living beings. In the midst of climate crisis we are faced with shortage of water and intense droughts leading to geo-political tensions and possible armed conflict. Research led by A. Loch concludes:
- Water theft term refers to improperly siphoning off water on large scale disrupting supplies to other by large agricultural industry
- 30-50% of world’s water is stolen
- This “grand theft water” remains misunderstood and underappreciated by governments
• Marijuana cropping in Northern California
• Strawberry plantation in the Doñana marshlands in southern Spain
• Cotton growing in the Barwon-Darling River system in central Australia
Though all these business are highly profitable, they are also water-intensive, and they take place in the regions where water can be unpredictably scarce, creating a perfect definition for water theft.
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