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Twenty-one of the world’s 37 largest aquifers — in locations from India and China to the United States and France — have passed their sustainability tipping points, meaning more water is being removed than replaced from these vital underground reservoirs. Thirteen of 37 aquifers fell at rates that put them into the most troubled category.
“The situation is quite critical,” said Jay Famiglietti, senior water scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the studies’ principal investigator.
And it’s difficult to see it getting better soon. These groundwater reserves take thousands of years to accumulate and only slowly recharge with water from snowmelt and rains. Now, as drilling for water has taken off across the globe, the hidden water reservoirs are being stressed. Underground aquifers supply 35 percent of the water used by humans worldwide. Demand is even greater in times of drought. Rain-starved California is currently tapping aquifers for 60 percent of its water use, up from the usual 40 percent.
In another finding from the studies led by the University of California Irvine, scientists say that some of these aquifers may be much smaller than previously thought. Only a few of the aquifers have been mapped in detail and most estimates of aquifer water reserves have “uncertainty ranges across orders of magnitude,” according to the studies.
originally posted by: BlueJacket
I cant help but think this is somehow connected to Nestles desire to privatize the worlds water and puts use in the hands of a few corporations.
While I feel water is wasted en masse the world over, particularly desert areas like Vegas, LA, Israel, the NSA building in Utah ( uses a bazillion gallons a day to cool puters holding our private lives).
I feel a global control is going to be established on every part of our lives if we arent careful. The government and big international corporations dont seembto have to play by the same rules...ifbthis is indeed true, Ill bet the aforementioned dont change their usage...just us sheep, of course we will pay a serious premium as well.
a reply to: Rezlooper
originally posted by: Misterlondon
The real problem here is we are taking more water and trapping it..
imagine all the bottled water in the world, soft drinks, juices, tinned food, car radiators, central heating systems, swimming pools... The list is endless.
The more fresh water we trap the less there is in natural sources.. This will have a knock on effect.
originally posted by: theabsolutetruth
Natural cycles of Earth brings such things as extremes of climate. There is cyclical global warming. Humanity however has the technology to counteract a lot of the issues, if it applies intelligence correctly instead of spewing agenda politics.
There is the vast potential to desalinate sea water for many purposes such as irrigation, cooling and many industrial uses; creating micro climates; harvesting rainwater etc.
We'll be fighting wars, invading other countries...for water!