Water Conflicts

Sharon August 28th, 2009

I’m having computer programs and heading offline for the Sabbath shortly, but I thought I’d leave you with this brilliant site to peruse - they do a lovely job of illustrating the scale of our world water crisis. Not cheery, but awfully important to understand, and well worth a look.

 http://waterwars.pulitzergateway.org/

 Shalom,

Sharon

6 Responses to “Water Conflicts”

  1. Apple Jack Creekon 28 Aug 2009 at 2:22 pm

    “Computer programs” = “computer problems”

    Marvellous Freudian slip, there, Sharon! :)

    Good Sabbath, and thanks for all you do.

  2. ceceliaon 28 Aug 2009 at 6:48 pm

    oh thank you for bringing this topic up. It seems more critical to me than peak oil in that we can live without oil - we cannot live without water.

    The site is very good. I do think though we cannot think of water as an issue for the third world - water shortages are a reality NOW here in the US.
    And it is not just about shortages - it is about the loss of potable water - water that isn’t loaded with carcinogens etc.

    Here in NJ - were we have lots of rain and plenty of aquifers - we still face shortages. Aquifers are not recharging, overdevelopment causes too much water to be taken from shallow aquifers - hence allowing sea water into the aquifer. We also now have desalianation plants!

    A timely and important topic - thanks for bringing it up. I do wonder if availability of clean water might be something we overlook in our preparations for the future?

  3. Katkinkateon 29 Aug 2009 at 4:31 am

    I know there’s a real problem with getting clean drinking water in many areas, however there’s another opinion on the probability of water wars in the near future. The talk, accessable from the link below, is given by a writer who researched the issue for a book she was contracted to write and just as she was finalising her manuscript she found out something that totally changed her mind on the issue.

    http://www.abc.net.au/rn/ockhamsrazor/stories/2009/2654788.htm

  4. Greenpaon 29 Aug 2009 at 10:41 am

    And it’s not like no one saw this coming. We discussed it extensively in climate change conferences in 1988 and 1989. The 89 one was in Cairo, Egypt- and the Egyptians were highly aware of the potential for war with the people upstream on the Nile.

  5. Cornish_K8on 29 Aug 2009 at 12:08 pm

    I find the attitude of people towards drinking-water in the US really wierd.

    Here in the UK we safely drink tap water that comes from rivers into which sewage farms discharge 100% potable water. A common joke is that Londoners drink the water that people in Reading (40miles further up the River Thames) drank the day before - this is probably not strictly true however ;-)

    It is a well known fact here that tap water is better for you than many brands of bottled water!

    I think that with ‘affluence’ often comes squeamishness. Just as many people have lost the capability to gut a fish they have also decided that reprocessed water is to be avoid if at all possible. The embedded oil in bottled water, and the ‘food’ miles too, are truely astounding.

  6. meaon 29 Aug 2009 at 3:34 pm

    Ha — most bottled water came out of a tap somewhere, in any case.

    MEA

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