posted on Jul, 30 2014 @ 11:15 PM
In addition to an expanding global population, economic development, and an increasing demand for energy, the report also finds that the
generation of electricity is one of the biggest sources of water consumption throughout the world, using up more water than even the agricultural
industry. Unlike less water-intensive alternative sources of energy like wind and solar systems, fossil fuel-powered and nuclear plants
need enormous and continued water inputs to function, both for fueling thermal generators and cooling cycles.
The above is the best reason I know for shutting down fossil fuel and nuclear electricity sources.
I've been screaming about this for years, it's been published again and again, and nobody seems to get it. WE ARE RUNNING OUT OF WATER.
I know most of you don't care what may happen in 10 or 20 years, I do, I hope to still be around but do wonder if people will still be so dense and
careless - my guess probably.
Anyway - a tad more from the article and I'll leave you alone.
The reasearch reported in this is from Aarhus University ( In Denmark), Vermont Law School and CNA (a huge insurance firm).
Unless water use is drastically minimized, the researchers found that widespread drought will affect between 30 and 40 percent of the planet by 2020,
and another two decades after that will see a severe water shortage that would affect the entire planet. The demand for both energy and drinking water
would combine to aggressively speed up drought, which in turn could exacerbate large-scale health risks and other global development problems.
The research says that utilizing alternative energy sources like wind and solar systems is vital to mitigating water consumption enough to stave off
the crisis. "Unsubsidized wind power costs... are currently lower than coal or nuclear and they are continuing to drop," the report states. When
faced with its worst drought in 2011, Texas got up to 18 of its electricity from wind power and was able to avoid the kind of rolling blackouts that
plague parts of China, where existing water shortages prevent power plants from operating.
The article, with links to the research papers quoted, can be found at: