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Radical New National Borders: What If States And River Basins Were The Same?


International political boundaries are arbitrary creations. Often using mountains, rivers, or other geographical landmarks, modern borders are entrenched in historic tradition rather than logic and fact. As a result, today’s international borders are poorly equipped to handle modern challenges, in particular climate change, which has already begun to threaten the most important state resource, fresh water. But what if states and basins were the same?In other words, why not move international political borders to match river basin boundaries, creating a new world map in the process?