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Originally posted by cavalryscout
Sit down and have a nice cold glass of water.....while you still can.
Water scarcity already affects every continent. Around 1.2 billion people, or almost one-fifth of the world's population, live in areas of physical scarcity, and 500 million people are approaching this situation. Another 1.6 billion people, or almost one quarter of the world's population, face economic water shortage (where countries lack the necessary infrastructure to take water from rivers and aquifers).
By 2025, 1.8 billion people will be living in countries or regions with absolute water scarcity, and two-thirds of the world's population could be living under water stressed conditions.
I want to discuss a topic that most of the people of the world take for granted.
Fresh potable water.
I think we should be more concerned about running out of water than running out of oil. I understand we need oil. I also understand the economic impact of high fuel prices so I care even though I don’t own a vehicle. I rely mostly on public transportation fun times. Of course I have family and friends who drive and I always chip in for gas, I don’t mind. Of course it sucks when I think of the money I spend on gas.
Back to the topic.
Here is some basic information from the world health organization. It is dated 2009 but in my opinion if anything it is worse today not better.
WASHINGTON — Drought, floods and a lack of fresh water may cause significant global instability and conflict in the coming decades, as developing countries scramble to meet demand from exploding populations while dealing with the effects of climate change, U.S. intelligence agencies said in a report Thursday.
An assessment reflecting the joint judgment of federal intelligence agencies says the risk of water issues causing wars in the next 10 years is minimal even as they create tensions within and between states and threaten to disrupt national and global food markets. But beyond 2022, it says the use of water as a weapon of war or a tool of terrorism will become more likely, particularly in South Asia, the Middle East and North Africa.
So maybe we should all cut back on water usage. Someday we may wish we had that water we watched go down the drain.
Originally posted by cavalryscout
reply to post by bobs_uruncle
Libya is also another interesting situation. You do know Libya sits on one of the largest, if not the largest, fresh water aquifer in Africa.
I didn't know that it is indeed interesting.
The Coalition was very anxious to overthrow Gaddafi. I wonder if this was another reason for the 'yes lets attack' side of the list.
edit on 28-3-2012 by cavalryscout because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by Jace26
reply to post by cavalryscout
Only the Africans and Asians will experience this.
Especially the Africans and it really is their fault for having 20+ children in an environment like that.
Originally posted by Gmoneycricket
So tomorrow morning we will go out, share 1 gallon of water with thousands of bees that will show up.
Go without a shower, flush our toilet less helping an insect that appears to have been attacked by corporations
with pesticides and I don't know what.
I read story after story of bees dieing off.
But in our world we survive and coexist.
If you allow UN control, then thousands of bees will be denied,
of a little water that we share with an endangered species that helps humans survive.
Originally posted by maestromason
Well all the water I need is right where I need it when I need it. There isn't another place on earth where I am right now and I am thankful that.
What I am not thankful for is the way that the US government is trying to pipe out the Great Lakes water westward and endanger the whole Great Lakes water table.
The Northern polar ice cap is forever gone until another ice age hits the earth and now the countdown begins!