Last year in Belgium there was a shortage of water at many places. Many countries could really feel that the world is changing and that it is high time human beings take action. Though still there are certain politicians who prefer to have the economy go in the first place no matter the consequences for next generations. Though ordinary people could see that
Storms, Floods, and Droughts:
The cycle that transports water around the Earth is intensifying
Water is becoming a private privilege rather than a community resource. It is also one of the world’s most precious resources. As vital to the survival of the human species as the air that we breathe.
Each year, in industrial and rich countries more people gain access to clean water, but at the same time other countries in the Africa and Asia are facing severe water shortages, In India for example with 600 million people affected by a variety of challenges including falling groundwater levels, drought, demand from agriculture and industry, and poor water resource management; all of which are likely to intensify as the impacts of climate change take hold.
From the unpublished articles, I wrote in 2012 November 11:
There is enough water in the oceans, but I think you would not like to drink it. Too salty.
“Over the last 50 years, in general, the salty regions of the ocean are getting saltier, and the fresher regions are getting fresher,”
Paul Durack, a scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, said.
“That’s the best evidence that the water cycle has been intensifying.”
Art of the Stem writes:
There’s an old western adage, Gritzuk said:
“Whiskey’s for drinking. Water’s for fighting over.”
Not only will regions and nations battle over insufficient freshwater supplies, so will industries,
Paul Faeth, a fellow at CNA Corp., told Morss Colloquium participants.
A little-known fact is that 40 percent of our fresh water is used to cool power plants. More people require more energy plants that require more water. The recent surge in hydraulic fracking may offer new cheap natural gas supplies, but it also requires abundant water supplies to get out of the ground.
Anthony Patt, a researcher at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Austria said
Nations and industries will incur higher costs to adapt to changes in the water cycle, said . Developing countries with fewer resources to avoid catastrophes will suffer far more than richer ones.