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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Climate change could diminish North American water supplies and trigger disputes between the United States and Canada over water reserves already stressed by industry and agriculture, U.N. experts said on Wednesday.
More heat waves like those that killed more than 100 people in the United States in 2006, storms like the killer hurricanes that struck the Gulf of Mexico in 2005 and wildfires are likely in North America as temperatures rise, according to a new report that provided regional details on a U.N. climate panel study on global warming issued in Brussels on April 6.
Originally posted by infinite
More heat waves like those that killed more than 100 people in the United States in 2006, storms like the killer hurricanes that struck the Gulf of Mexico in 2005 and wildfires are likely in North America as temperatures rise
Originally posted by RetinoidReceptor
I'm not saying Global Warming isn't happening, but when the "global warming experts" present evidence that has been happening for countless centuries, it...well...doesn't seem like much evidence.
Streamflow, or channel runoff, is the flow of water in streams, rivers, and other channels, and is a major element of the water cycle. It is one component of the runoff of water from the land to waterbodies, the other component being surface runoff. Water flowing in channels comes from surface runoff from adjacent hillslopes, from groundwater flow out of the ground, and from water discharged from pipes.
Originally posted by astrocreep
... the majority of privately owned municiple water companies in the US had been or were in the process of being bought by foreign conglomerates...
The Cochabamba protests of 2000, also known as "The Cochabamba Water Wars" were a series of protests that took place in the Bolivian city of Cochabamba between January and April 2000, because of the privatization of the municipal water supply, which was sold to a private company, International Waters Limited (IWL) of London (a subsidiary of Bechtel Corporation; it operated locally as Aguas de Tunari), at the insistence of the World Bank.
Demonstrations erupted when Aguas de Tunari imposed a large rate increase, reportedly to finance the Misicuni Dam project, a week after taking control of the Cochabamba water supply system. In a country where the minimum wage was less than US$70 per month, many dwellers were hit with monthly water bills of $20 or more.
Four days into the demonstrations, the government declared martial law. Police arrested protest leaders, taking them from their beds in the middle of the night, shutting down radio stations in mid-broadcast. Soldiers took over control of the streets. On April 8, the military shot 17-year-old Víctor Hugo Daza in the face, killing him. IWL officials claimed that the protests were riots sponsored by coc aine producers against a crackdown on coca production.
However, on April 10, the government finally conceded, signing an accord that agreed to every demand the protesters had made.
In 2001, the Bechtel Corporation filed a claim against Bolivia in order to recover its investment; the request was deposed before the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), a court dependent of the World Bank. After four years of protest by various groups, on January 19 2006 Bechtel reached agreement with the government of Bolivia, dropping their case in return for a token payment.