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Sunday, July 16, 2006
The Israeli Lebanon Water Wars
If the water resources in your country are rapidly decreasing, and the neighbouring country has an intact water supply... and if you think that in the future you will need the other countries water supply... then you will not attack that country saying you need their water. If you attack that country you will do so for another reason, hiding your real objective behind a wall of deception and lies. Israel has always had water problems.
Today, in 2006, Israel lives with increasing water shortages and a rapidly decreasing supply of fresh water. The river Jordan may run dry within the next two years, because of the vast amount of water being drawn from the river by the people living in the area. People cannot survive without water, towns and cities cannot survive without water, past civilisations have died out as water became scarce. You cannot grow crops without water, which means you cannot store food. Water is the life blood of a nation.
Israel simply requires more water for consumption than its resources yield. At current consumption rates, Israel runs an annual deficit of almost 131 billion gallons, and in ten years, all fresh water will be required for household needs, thus leaving Jewish National Fund, as well as government agencies, to provide the rest.
DEFINITION: Water resources: total renewable per capita (m3/capita year)
#1 Greenland 10,767,900 cubic meters
#10 Canada 94,353 cubic meters
#75 Portugal 6,859 cubic meters
#157 Israel 276 cubic meters
#169 Gaza Strip 52 cubic meters
DEFINITION: Industrial organic pollutants per available freshwater
#1 Israel 27.07 tons/cubic km
#2 Jordan 11.53 tons/cubic km
#10 Ukraine 5.52 tons/cubic km
#19 Portugal 2.5 tons/cubic km
#30 United States 1.14 tons/cubic km
Severe water stress
DEFINITION: Percent of country's territory under severe water stress
#1 Trinidad and Tobago 100
#2 Israel 100
#32 Portugal 54.7
#42 United States 31.3
China Drought Leaves 17 Million Without Water - Media
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CHINA: August 14, 2006
BEIJING - About 17 million people in southwest China don't have access to clean drinking water due to sustained drought, state media reported on Sunday.
Crops on large tracts of farmland in Sichuan province and the nearby Chongqing municipality have withered due to the month-long drought, causing economic losses of 9.23 billion yuan (US$1.15 billion), the Beijing News and the Xinhua news agency said.
Local governments have allocated funds to help residents fight the drought by tapping ground water and improving water conservation facilities, Xinhua said.
The searing heat meant 14 million people in Chongqing and three million in Sichuan lack clean drinking water, the media said.