What resource is the most demanded for not only humanity but for all life on earth? Water.
From the point of view of the World Bank's Dr. Briscoe, a big part of the solution is to make the cost of water reflect its value. Now, people
use it virtually for free.
Source Article: LET THEM DRINK PEPSI The Globe and Mail, August 5, 2000
We are on a precarious path today, as we scramble and bicker over energy resources, oil running out, whether Obama is a Reptilian and so on, it
appears the single most devastating impact of human consumption has not only gone relatively unchecked, but also perhaps deliberatly created. A crisis
is being created that doesn't need to exist. Quite a farce.
What are we up for in the future?
*Privatisation of water.
*Companies with technologies to capture, divert, process or manufacture water will spring up and make a killing.
*Providing financial credit for agricultural and personal consumption from financial institutions creating a new commodity and debt system.
In elections to come, water management will be a lead political policy garnering much attention. A crisis that was totally manageable and preventable
had action been taken. Be under no misconception, the economics of water will be THE resource industry being vied to control in the near future
particularly in developing countries. In modern global economies and multi-national operations, it is difficult to ensure socially and regionally
equitable solutions. I hope we ATsers can come up with some.
The worlds water supply it has been suggested will not only run out, but be in deficit by upto 40% in China, India, Brasil, Asia, Australia and Africa
by 2030 with current population growth and over consumption.
Researched figures are provided within a report released today.What better way to control the masses globally than to privatise water.1 child dies
every 15 seconds from drinking dirty water, as we worry about having our ads removed from web pages, our guns restricted, the aliens landing and so
on, right in front of our very faces our controlling is being played out by Bankers and Private corporations vying to control our number one resource
for life.One of their solutions: providing credit to buy water....Read on
Through research I have found the following players who appear to be the at the forefront of addressing globally the water shortage, possibly for
their own economic motives.
Meet Mckinsey and Company.
Charting our water future is a report of the 2030 Water Resources Group, which was formed in 2008 to contribute new insights to the increasingly
critical issue of water resource scarcity. Members include McKinsey & Company, the World Bank Group, and a consortium of business partners: The
Barilla Group, The Coca Cola Company, Nestlé SA, New Holland Agriculture, SAB Miller PLC, Standard Chartered and Syngenta AG.
The McKinsey Group says water is everybody's problem and requires new government policies and investment, involvement of the private sector,
efficiency measures, research and education
I have read the report (being presented in Copenhagen at the Global Climate Change conference), it provides a "solution" by
stakeholders....Stakeholders are classified as individuals, and countries, but then the main solution is pressed upon the private corporations and
banks to assume responsibility as "stakeholders' and drive solutions.
" Governments are not the only stakeholders that matter, nor are they the only ones that need help managing water decisions. We outline a path
forward for five specific private sector players who can contribute to water security solutions."
The World Bank and the International Finance Company, combined with the BIG BIG BIG business giants who are users of water warns in the report that
without global action, demand for water in 2030 will outstrip supply by 40 per cent, a dismal scenario indeed.
The biggest problems will be in India and China, and without concerted action, India will not be able to meet half of its water needs by 2030.
In neighbouring China, the problem is even worse, with demand expected to outstrip supply by 25 per cent.
The cost could be between $54 billion and $64 billion, but the savings could be enormous according to the report... 64 billion in costs? That's Big
Whilst they provide solid discussions for individual and governmental solutions, I can't help see their summary as the crux of their solution:
Put people in debt and charge for water. Same money masters game, different product.
Financial institutions. There is wide agreement that water has suffered from chronic underinvestment. Financial institutions are likely to be an
important actor in making up this shortfall. The cost curves provide such institutions with transparency on the financial costs and the technical
potential of measures in the long run to close the water supply-demand gap, as well as on the barriers to their adoption, thus helping them construct
credible investment theses— particularly important at a time when credit is hard to find.
Investment opportunities span all sectors—the measures that in aggregate require the most capital in each country are municipal leakage reduction
in China, and water transfer schemes in São Paulo and South Africa. In India, drip irrigation offers potential for lending and equity investments
alike: our analysis implies that the penetration of this technology will grow by 11 percent per year through 2030, requiring increased manufacturing
capacity and credit for farmers.
Technology providers. Innovation in water technology—in everything from supply (such as desalination) to industrial efficiency (such as more
efficient water reuse) to agricultural technologies (such as crop protection and irrigation controls)—could play a major role in closing the
supply-demand gap. Also, many of the solutions on the cost curves developed for each country imply the scale-up of existing technologies, requiring
expanded production on the part of technology providers. The cost curves provide a framework that technology providers can use to benchmark their
products and services for an estimate of their market potential and costcompetitiveness with alternative solutions...... By demonstrating which
measures have the greatest impact in delivering solutions, a robust fact base can also spur focused financial investments from the private sector as
a key engine for reform. A number of approaches exist, from public/private water financing facilities, to public projects that create the space for
private financiers to scale-up their investments, to innovative, microfinance solutions for end-users.
Policymakers, financiers, conservationists, farmers, and the private sector need to cooperate to develop and promote innovative financial tools to
ensure those willing to improve their water footprint are given the opportunity—and capital—to do so. .... It is critical to ensure incentive
design emphasizes the value of water productivity—for example through clearer ownership rights, appropriate tariffs, quotas, pricing, and
standards—and at the same time recognizes the impacts such incentives can have on the companies’ profitability. A fact base on the economics of
adoption and on the real potential of efficiency measures in such sectors can help identify and prioritize the right regulatory tools for action.
Following are some commonly asked questions about water management:
"Why Cant Stormwater be renewed instead of wasted"
"If 70 per cent of the freshwater on Earth is contained within the Antarctic ice sheet and each year approximately 1000 cubic kilometres of this is
calved from the ice-sheet as icebergs why cant we access icebergs to be processed?.
The above point, I am just waiting on big companies to stake a claim on Antarctica in order to use that resource to sell off, perhaps I am being over
the top, but deperate times will call for separate measures and if they can make a buck, they will.
"What happens when there is no water?
click below to get answers.
[edit on 26-11-2009 by zazzafrazz]