How many of us on Planet Earth lack potable Water?
We are approaching a world in which the one of the most valuable resources for development and survival is not oil, but water.
"A shortage of water resources could spell increased conflicts in the future. Population growth will make the problem worse. So will climate change. As the global economy grows, so will its thirst. Many more conflicts lie just over the horizon." -- Ban Ki-Moon
Water use has grown at more than twice the rate of population increase in the last century.
Globally, 1.2 billion people live in areas with inadequate water supply.
1.6 billion live in areas where there is water, but they can't afford to drink it.
Two-thirds of the cities in China suffer from water shortages. Clean water is even more rare.
India WILL run out of water in the near future.
Is the lack of Water getting better or worse?
Global water demands will increase by 40% in the next ten years.
By 2025, two-thirds of the world will live under conditions of water scarcity.
Water use is increasing much faster than population.
How does the lack of Water affect health and longevity?
People’s who lack sufficient potable water have shorter life spans. Major water borne illnesses abound in parts of the world that lack sufficient potable water. These areas also typically lack adequate sanitation.
How does the lack of water affect geopolitical stability and regional warfare?
It is increasingly recognized that the shortage of potable water is as serious or more serious than the regional problems caused by oil. The CIA has on its public website some 8 years ago stated that within 15 years water would be a source of regional warfare.
Is there enough water on earth to take care of its current 7 billion people (going to 9 billion by 2050)? Yes – 79% of the world’s fresh water is in the form of frozen ice-caps and glaciers in the Arctic and the Antarctic. Groundwater is 20% of freshwater and 1% is accessible surface fresh water. Our shortage is simply a problem of distribution – getting the water to where it is needed when it is needed.
Where is the largest supply of fresh potable water?
In the Antarctic – in the form of tabular icebergs that break off the Antarctic continent and fall into the ocean.
Why don’t we just go get the water and move it to where it is needed?
That is the point – isn’t it.
Can the Antarctic water supply be used economically?
Multiple studies indicate “Yes.” We estimate iceberg water can be delivered at a cost of US $600 to US $1200 per acre foot. Current costs for development and delivery of new desalination water is as high as $2460 per acre foot.
Is using the Antarctic water supply environmentally safe?
What is involved in capturing, towing, mooring, and processing Antarctic tabular icebergs?
See the business plan and the technical data>>
Anytime we do anything, it has an environmental effect. Work to date indicates the relative environmental effect is minimal to benign and can be readily mitigated. The environmental effects of all other alternatives to secure equivalent amounts of water are far worse. The environmental effects of doing nothing are worse in terms of human health, death, suffering, and warfare.
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