The Necessity of Preventing Unilateral Responses to Water Scarcity - The Next Major Threat against Mankind this Century

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Leticia M. Diaz

Barry University - Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law

Barry Dubner

Barry University - Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law

Date Written: 2001

Abstract

We never thought that the Great Lakes could run out of water, as we have always conjured up an image of large ice masses retreating and carving out huge geographic areas that are now filled with water. In addition, the idea did not occur to us that water scarcity could cause serious environmental problems. Contrast this with other provisions of the Convention which give "geographically disadvantaged States" entitlements to equitable shares of natural resources in the jurisdiction of other States, thereby reflecting the "have's" and the "have not's" of natural resource allocation. The question of whether the United States and Canada should be allowed to unilaterally declare that the sale of fresh water from the Great Lakes should not take place rests largely upon the ecosystem of the area and any environmental problems inherent to that ecosystem. Likewise, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Environment Canada are joining forces to reduce pollutants in the Lake Superior Basin. The experts will test samples of the lake's bottom, river sediments, air, plants, and fish taken from numerous points throughout the lake.

Keywords: water management, environment, UNCLOS, law of the sea, Environmental Protection Agency

JEL Classification: I18, K23, K33

Suggested Citation

Diaz, Leticia M. and Dubner, Barry, The Necessity of Preventing Unilateral Responses to Water Scarcity - The Next Major Threat against Mankind this Century (2001). Cardozo Journal of International and Comparative Law (JICL), Vol. 9, No. 1, 2001, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2164951

Leticia M. Diaz (Contact Author)

Barry University - Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law ( email )

6441 East Colonial Drive
Orlando, FL 32807
United States

Barry Dubner

Barry University - Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law ( email )

6441 East Colonial Drive
Orlando, FL 32807
United States

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