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Originally posted by sardion2000
Should we develop a cheap, easy, and man portable way to desalinate and decontaminate water, all in one package, and is reusable with just a modest power consumption, then this issue will be mostly moot as those who would be effected the most (the poor), will have (hopefully) cheap access to this technology.
Quite the technical challenge ain't it?
Originally posted by Beachcoma
Not really. It's quite simple actually. You and I can easily build a simple, solar-powered one. Check it:
That shouldn't be to difficult to build. It's not ultra-efficient, but it certainly is cheap and simple.
Xenesys Inc. News Release
July, 2004 Saudi Commerce & Economic Review (Saudi Arabia)
Japanese Energy Recycle Technology, DTEC comes to Saudi Arabia
In order to promote the business of DTEC system in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Xenesys Inc has founded a joint venture company named "Xenesys Arabia" together with nine Saudi Arabian individuals as mentioned below;
Mr. Abdullatif Hamad Mohamed Al Jabr
Mr. Mohamed Ahmed Yousif Zainal Ali Reza
H.E. Tawfiq Ibrahim Mohamed Tawifiq
Mr. Abdullah Hashim Abdullah Shatta
Mr. Mashari Faisal Abdulrahan Al Muamar
Eng. Mubarak Abdullah Al Khafra
Mr. Fouad Abbas Yousif Kattan
Eng. Hassan Riad Abdukader Jamjoom
Mr. Rayyan Bakri Saleh Shatta
Nine Saudi Arabians hold 60% of shares of Xenesys Arabia, while 40% is owned by Xenesys Inc. Xenesys Arabia can supply DTEC system as well as power/fresh water generated by DTEC system.
A new study comparing the most recent drought in the southwestern United States with other dry periods going back five centuries confirms worries that water shortages will become more common and severe in the area.
LONDON (Reuters) - The first drought order in England and Wales since 1995 came into force on Saturday, hitting 650,000 people around Sutton, ironically as much of the country faces yet another wet weekend.
"We are currently experiencing one of the driest periods in the south-east of England for almost 100 years. Water resources are scarce with the lowest levels ever being recorded at some of our boreholes," the company said.
The total water shortage over the country is nearly 40 billion cubic meters in normal years. Over 400 cities are short of water supply, and 110 cities are suffering from a water crisis. China faces unfavorable water conditions. Jiao Yong, vice minister of water resources, said when launching a large-sized activity on May 18 in which a group of journalists will travel nationwide to cover water conditions and promote the concept of water conservation.[/url]
Temperature Rising: Feeling a bit warm? You may just have to live with it
KING COUNTY, WASH.--From a chopper buzzing the forested foothills of the Cascade mountains just outside Seattle, County Executive Ron Sims describes this as "a good year." The craggy canvas below is a gorgeous bottle green. The lakelike reservoirs are nearly full. Crisp-white snow caps much of the Cascade Range. It's everything one would expect in this cool, water-rich corner of the world. But residents here worry that the "good years" are becoming increasingly rare. According to scientists at the University of Washington, the Pacific Northwest has gotten warmer by 1.5 degrees since 1900, about a half-degree higher than the global average. That might not seem like much, but the effects are being noticed here, particularly in the amount of snow in the Cascades. Since 1949, snowpack in the lower mountain range, a primary source of water for the area, has declined 50 percent, raising the odd specter of water shortages in the rainy Pacific Northwest.
The culprit is unusually warm weather, which is melting snowpack and changing the precipitation cycle. More water is falling as rain--and being lost as runoff--and less is falling as mountain snow, a natural banking system that holds the precipitation until the spring, when it melts to fill reservoirs for the dry summer season. "Our water system is based on snowmelt," Sims says. "But we're continually losing huge volumes."
The problem snapped into focus over the past two years, when the state was hit by a severe drought--the kind of extreme weather fluctuation that scientists expect will become more common as temperatures climb. The governor declared a statewide emergency. Ski resorts closed. Rivers and reservoirs fell to dangerous lows. For Sims, the water crisis was a worrisome sign of things to come. "How are we going to meet the needs of people and fish," he asks, "when the snowmelt is going away?"
Villages doomed by China's cancer rivers
A new phrase has become current in China as the country comes to terms with the environmental devastation caused by its explosive economic growth: "cancer villages".
Not long ago they were farming settlements in the vast countryside. Now they are dominated by factories and blighted by the disease crippling their inhabitants.
Government figures show that 300 million people regularly drink polluted water and the effects are clear in the cancer village of Xiditou, near the port city of Tianjin, south-east of Beijing.
The Tianjin health authority admits that its cancer rate is 30 times the national average, a figure blamed on water and air contaminated by a rash of chemical factories.
Widening tropics 'will drive deserts into Europe'
The world's tropical zones are growing, threatening to drive the world's great deserts into southern Europe and other heavily populated areas, alarming new research suggests.
The study - based on satellite measurements over the past quarter of a century - shows that the tropics have widened by 140 miles since 1979. Scientists suspect that global warming is to blame.
Up to now the most startling evidence that the world is heating up has come from the poles where ice sheets have disintegrated, sea ice shrunk, and glaciers started racing towards the sea. But new research published in the journal Science suggests that equally dramatic changes are under way in the hottest parts of the planet.
Warning of regular water bans in South
The prospect of water bans, standpipes and drought orders becoming commonplace in some parts of Britain will be raised this week in a hard-hitting report that calls for urgent action to confront the crisis.
In a stark conclusion from five months of expert hearings, the Lords' science and technology committee will say that the government and the water regulator must dramatically raise their game if they are to head off increasingly serious shortages, particularly in the south of England.
The committee report, to be published on Tuesday, will increase pressure for concerted action by government, the regulator Ofwat and water companies which have recently reported hefty profits.
Desert cities are living on borrowed time, UN warns
The 500 million people who live in the world's desert regions can expect to find life increasingly unbearable as already high temperatures soar and the available water is used up or turns salty, according to the United Nations.
Desert cities in the US and Middle East, such as Phoenix and Riyadh, may be living on borrowed time as water tables drop and supplies become undrinkable, says a report coinciding with today's world environment day.
Twentieth-century modernist dreams of greening deserts by diverting rivers and mining underground water are wholly unrealistic, it warns.
Spain`s water reserves still shrinking
MADRID, Spain (UPI) -- Spain`s water reserves at a 10-year low amid an ongoing drought, said the country`s Environmental Ministry, El Mundo reported online Tuesday.
The country`s reserves stand at about 56 percent of capacity, said officials Tuesday. Water levels at reservoirs have dropped for the fifth consecutive week, EFE news agency reported.
Spain is undergoing its worst drought in nearly a century.
British Lawmakers Say Water Prices Must Rise in Face of Drought
June 6 (Bloomberg) -- British water prices must increase to fund investment in pipes and reservoirs as the government and companies such as Thames Water Plc try to cope with the country's worst rainfall shortage in more than 70 years.
Beijing warned of 2008 water shortage
Beijing residents are being warned to start taking action to save water or face a massive shortage of 1.1 billion cubic meters by 2008.
The estimate of the shortage was based on the city's current water consumption and efficiency levels, said Ma Weifang with the city's sustainable development promotion committee.
The city's annual per capita reserve stands at about 300 cubic meters, while an acute shortage is generally deemed to be 1,000 cubic meters or less.
But the situation could still be salvaged if all conservation measures were implemented and use of recycled water increased, Ma said.
Water shortage hits Jigawa
Water shortage has hit Dutse, the capital of Jigawa State and other parts of the state. Nigerian Tribune gathered that residents were expressing fear over possible outbreak of water-borne diseases.
Reports from the state showed that the people could not remember the last time they had water from taps in Dutse and other major towns in the state.
Nigerian Tribune findings revealed that most of the open wells and hand pumps were dry. People in the affected areas now depend on stagnant water that came with the recent rainfall.
Originally posted by worldwatcher
...faster than I have been anticipating.
Crisis looms as Lake Victoria shrinks at an alarming rate
At first scientists dismissed concerns about declining water levels in Lake Victoria as normal and assured worried fishermen that all was well.
But five years later, it is clear this is no ordinary phenomenon as the experts had said.
What started as a small problem has sparked an international environmental crisis.
Africa's largest fresh water lake is shrinking at an alarming rate, posing a threat to the livelihoods of some 30 million people.