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And yes... I'm one of those still surprised that we haven't moved towards Ocean Desalination Stations being built with an unlimited amount of water available.
originally posted by: Ksihkehe
a reply to: JohnnyAnonymous
Desalination plants will become a thing as soon as somebody with political connections decides to do it, probably long before our needs really require it, and it gets heavily subsidized. There will be NEPA reviews contested, cultural resource studies warred over, and years of battles with regulators unless it's a rubber stamp project that funnels money to a politically connected group.
Yes, I'm cynical.
That said, I don't think we need them right now. We need the right priorities and some people in charge that share them. Most of the problems we have aren't really that hard to solve. The will to solve them just doesn't exist.
Over the course of the 20th Century, global water use grew at more than twice the rate of population increase. Today, this dissonance is leading many cities – from Rome to Cape Town, Chennai to Lima – to ration water. Water crises have been ranked in the top five of the World Economic Forum's Global Risks by Impact list nearly every year since 2012. In 2017, severe droughts contributed to the worst humanitarian crisis since World War Two, when 20 million people across Africa and the Middle East were forced to leave their homes due to the accompanying food shortages and conflicts that erupted.