Planet 7 Billion: Five Crisis Hotspots to Watch

Time: As the planet's population climbs towards a new U.N.-projected peak of 10.1 billion by the turn of the next century, competition for resources within and between states will likely intensify. So too, goes the logic, will the number of resulting conflicts over oil, fresh water and precious raw materials. Indeed, recent conflicts, such as the on-going turmoil in Darfur, are cited as ominous harbingers of a future where poor countries face increasing squabbles over scant resources. But, say experts,......

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