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Originally posted by jumpspace
Water will be the new gold of the future I believe.
Water shortage 'a global problem'
Rich countries face increasing water shortages, a report by conservation organisation WWF warns.
A combination of climate change and poor resource management is leading to water shortages in even the most developed countries, it says.
It urges water conservation on a global scale and asks rich states to set an example by repairing ageing water infrastructure and tackling pollution.
Cost of water shortage: civil unrest, mass migration and economic collapse:
Analysts see widespread conflicts by 2015 but pin hopes on technology and better management
Cholera may return to London, the mass migration of Africans could cause civil unrest in Europe and China's economy could crash by 2015 as the supply of fresh water becomes critical to the global economy. That was the bleak assessment yesterday by forecasters from some of the world's leading corporate users of fresh water, 200 of the largest food, oil, water and chemical companies.
Drought leaves 18 million thirsty in China
Hot weather and a severe drought have left millions of people short of drinking water and millions of hectares of cropland damaged in China.
By Thursday, 18.03 million people in 15 Chinese provinces and regions were suffering drinking water shortages caused by the drought, according to Chinese Ministry of Water Resources.
Forecasts from the meteorological department say that the hot and dry conditions will continue in the areas hit by drought and rain is very unlikely.
"The severe drought will not ease up and is very likely to get worse," the ministry said on its website.
Originally posted by Where2Hide2006
Russians and Americans can CREATE rain on an otherwise Sunny day.
What they do is release some kind of crystal into the clouds and poof! it starts raining!
Water scarcity affects one in three
A third of the world’s population is suffering from a shortage of water, raising the prospect of “water crises” in countries such as China, India and the US. Scientists had forecast in 2000 that one in three would face water shortages by 2025, but water experts have been shocked to find that this threshold has already been crossed...
About a quarter of the world’s population lives in areas of “physical water shortage”, where natural forces, over-use and poor agricultural practices have led to falling groundwater levels and rivers drying up. But a further 1bn people face “economic water shortages”, because lack the necessary infrastructure to take water from rivers and aquifers.
The findings come from a report compiled by 700 experts over five years, the Comprehensive Assessment of Water Management in Agriculture from the International Water Management Institute, presented on Monday at World Water Week in Stockholm, an international meeting of water experts.
Originally posted by R3KR
I am not affected yet.
Map details global water stress
The alarming extent of water scarcity across the world is detailed in a map compiled by a leading environmental think tank.
It shows two key types of scarcity; water is said to be either physically scarce or economically scarce.
The map appears in a report by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) on the use of water in agriculture.
Agricultural activities consume most water on a worldwide basis...
Originally posted by R3KR
I am not affected yet.
Anyone in the east coast having water problems ?
Or for that matter, who does have water problems ?
Originally posted by ADVISOR
I'm just going to have to hoard all the Great Lakes to myself and those who share them with me.
Great Lakes Mercury Pollution
Mercury levels in some of the Great Lakes region's fish species are so high they've prompted government consumption advisories for pregnant women and young children.
Lake Erie's dead zone
Researchers will spend two years tracking the effects of the lake's perennial "dead zone," a massive area of low oxygen levels that appears in the center of the lake each summer.
Drugs in sewage
Oakland University researchers are looking at how prescription drugs, especially estrogen-rich birth control pills, affect the sexual development of male tadpoles. Because prescription drugs don't break down in water, they aren't broken down in the sewage treatment process. Oakland University researcher Linda Schweitzer is working with the Detroit sewage plant to see whether bombarding sewage with ozone might break down estrogen and other harmful elements in prescription medications that now are released into the Great Lakes waterways after the final stage of sewage treatment.
St. Clair spills
The U.S. Government Accountability Office, Congress' investigative arm, is looking at the frequency of chemical and petroleum spills on the U.S. and Canadian sides of the river since 1994 and the timeliness of notification procedures. The report, due in November, follows public outcry in Michigan over continued spills by Canadian companies. Environmentalists say the companies are responsible for hundreds of spills over the past two decades.
An aerial view shows the polluted Nanhu Lake in Chongqing Municipality, China. China's rapidly growing economy is causing environmental strain. The country’s major rivers are plagued by pollution and many rural areas are in urgent need of clean drinking water. CNN