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DeepModem Mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 05:20 PM
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Financial Times: Water scarcity affects one in three
Water scarcity affects one in three
By Fiona Harvey in London
Published: August 21 2006

A third of the worlds population is suffering from a shortage of water, raising the prospect of water crises in countries such as China, India and the US.

Scientists had forecast in 2000 that one in three would face water shortages by 2025, but water experts have been shocked to find that this threshold has already been crossed.

Frank Rijsberman, director-general of the International Water Management Institute, said: We will have to change business as usual in order to deal with the growing water scarcity crisis.

About a quarter of the worlds population lives in areas of physical water shortage, where natural forces, over-use and poor agricultural practices have led to falling groundwater levels and rivers drying up. But a further 1bn people face economic water shortages, because lack the necessary infrastructure to take water from rivers and aquifers.

The findings come from a report compiled by 700 experts over five years, the Comprehensive Assessment of Water Management in Agriculture from the International Water Management Institute, presented on Monday at World Water Week in Stockholm, an international meeting of water experts.

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/3e3eeab2-3137-11db-b953-0000779...
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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 05:29 PM
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1. over 5 years ago and our media has yet to make an issue of it.

......The findings come from a report compiled by 700 experts over five years, the Comprehensive Assessment of Water Management in Agriculture from the International Water Management Institute, presented on Monday at World Water Week in Stockholm, an international meeting of water experts.
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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 05:33 PM
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3. Media won't make an issue of it till the corp masters finish ACQUIRING all
Edited on Mon Aug-21-06 05:39 PM by blm
the major and minor sources of fresh water.

RevMoon already bought all the land above the world's largest aquifer - Guarani.
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panader0 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 05:32 PM
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2. So weird that while some suffer from water shortage, others
suffer from too much water. We're all in this together, one planet, and we have the brains and the ability to address these basic issues. If people could stop worshipping money, humanity could thrive.
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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 05:40 PM
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5. What a simple yet eloquent statement.
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SlipperySlope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 05:35 PM
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4. Solution is easy
A few decades of world-wide negative population growth would insure that the people:water ration is balanced.
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Barrett808 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 06:58 PM
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6. Just around the corner, with world oil production peaking at this moment
Get ready for a long, long roller coaster plunge.
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4dsc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 08:34 PM
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7. Peak oil, peak water, peak resources
Didn't AWOlbush make a statement about hitting the trifecta??
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eccles12 Donating Member (385 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 08:43 PM
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8. And this is really what the Israelis are waring about right now.
It's why the swiss-cheese proposal for Palestine was rejuected by Arafat and why Israel continues to invade Lebanon. It's the water, stupid. All those wells. Just look where most of the settlements are located and understand why the Palestinians usually reject all peace proposals because they give to Israel most of the access or control of access to water supplies.
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annabanana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 08:44 PM
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9. the NEXT big push for privatization....
No water for YOU.
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Thor_MN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 09:43 PM
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10. Makes one wonder what the Southwest would be like
if Death Valley were flooded with ocean water. Obviously it shouldn't be done, but I wonder what injecting all the water from evaporation into the atmosphere would play out across the Midwest.

Maybe if we told Georgie that this would be called Terra-forming, he would stop invading other countries and start digging a 200 mile tunnel.
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The Sower Donating Member (48 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 09:50 PM
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11. This week I'm doing a show about water and struggles over it.
This article will be helpful.

Thanks!
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Tellurian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 09:55 PM
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12. bump
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