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Whiskey’s for Drinkin’, Water’s for Fightin’

That, according to a Colorado local politician, is what they say in America. He was referring to the Colorado River, which is in a bit of strife, but even a quick look at the Pacific Institute’s fascinating and easy-to-read section on water conflict chronology demonstrates the world-wide applicability of the latter part of this saying.

Humanity has been going at it over water since at least 3000BC. And the disputes are coming thick and fast in the present day – from a 2007 murder in a suburban garden over water restrictions in Australia to the capture the Tishrin hydroelectric dam by Syrian rebels in 2012.

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