Planet is Running Short of Water

http://www.worldwater.org
World Water report cover 2008.
Times Online UK story, “Ecologists warn the planet is running short of water” references a Pacific Institute press release about their most recent publication, The World’s Water 2008-2009.

The WorldWater.org site has plenty of excerpts and data charts to illustrate their “peak water” scenario. The following is from the introduction to The World’s Water 2008-2009:

“In many places, the perception of water security is starting to dissolve: overpumped aquifers under breadbasket regions of the world constitute economic “bubbles” ready to burst; excessive water consumption by irrigation is depleting rivers and deltas; neglect of pollutants in return flows from water use is contaminating potential raw water sources; and some city water-supply systems have started to crumble because of neglect of critical maintenance. We even hear about drought-driven farmer suicides in places where farmers find themselves unable to repay loans they had to take to deepen failing irrigation wells.”

Another interesting document is a list of conflicts involving water going back to the time of Noah in 3,000 BC. It’s been raining the last few days with more rain forecast next week around here. Guess I should get a rain barrel.

Off-Grid.net wrote up this new report, taking particular notice of the data describing the “water footprint” used to make various consumer products such as orange juice, microchips, and hamburgers. Off-Grid also linked to the highly regarded book, Dam Nation: Dispatches from the Water Underground.

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