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Q&A: James G. Workman on the Bushmen's Fight for Water Rights and 21st Century Hydro-Democracy

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Workman says chances of the Botswanian government returning water rights to the Bushmen as 'pretty slim.'

James Workman: Who Owns the Rain—When Thirsty Democracies Deny Individual Liberty to Water

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James G. Workman reflects on a recent ruling that compromises the water rights of the Bushmen.

Heart of Dryness: How the Last Bushmen Can Help Us Endure the Coming Age of Permanent Drought

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"...for every Bushman caught, accused, arrested and roughed up, several others sneaked in to gather or hunt, preferring to live freely without official help, without water that had strings attached."

Heart of Dryness: Climate Change Coping Strategies

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Since the dawn of Homo sapiens in arid Africa, nine tenths of our evolution has unfolded as foragers. Only relatively recently did our species embark on agriculture, and recent events suggest certain limits to that extraordinary experiment. Exponential population growth has combined with unprecedented climate change until half the planet’s land surface can now be classified as drylands—arid landscapes inhabited by a third of humankind.