Yemen could become first nation to run out of water

February 16, 2010 • Daily Email Recap

Thanks to Fred Stanback for this article. See his comment at the end of the article.
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One type of vehicle is always within sight on Yemen’s roads: the water truck.

The brightly coloured, dilapidated tankers, often driven by Kalashnikov-wielding tribesmen, travel winding mountain roads and cross deserts to bring Yemenis a commodity more precious than petrol. It is one that increasingly only the rich can afford, with supply through the water mains regularly cut off. Others must rely on scarce rain, charity or crime to stave off thirst.

Yemen is set to be the first country in the world to run out of water, providing a taste of the conflict and mass movement of populations that may spread across the world if population growth outstrips natural resources.

For full article, visit:
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/environment/article6883051.ece


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