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Life in a Waterless World

When I think of my 6-year-old daughter and how she and the rest of her generation will spend their lives coping with mounting climate change, nothing worries me more than water. Water, it’s often said, is life, and nowhere is this truer than in California, where Chiara and I live. Control of water has shaped the Golden State’s history, enabling the mega-growth of our great cities, transforming the Central Valley into an agricultural superpower that produces most of America’s fruits and vegetables, creating personal fortunes for some and ruin for others, and provoking endless trickery and squabbling along the way. It was in California, after all, that Mark Twain penned his imperishable line, “Whiskey is for drinking, water is for fighting over.” read on http://www.onearth.org/article/life-in-a-waterless-world

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Blue Revolution: Unmaking America’s Water Crisis  by   Cynthia Barnett

Americans see water as abundant and cheap: we turn on the faucet and out it gushes, for less than a penny a gallon. We use more water than any other culture in the world, much to quench what’s now our largest crop—the lawn. Yet most Americans cannot name the river or aquifer that flows to our taps, irrigates our food, and produces our electricity. And most don’t realize these freshwater sources are in deep trouble.
Blue Revolution exposes the truth about the water crisis—driven not as much by lawn sprinklers as by a tradition that has encouraged everyone, from homeowners to farmers to utilities, to tap more and more….more Americans see water as abundant and cheap: we turn on the faucet and out it gushes, for less than a penny a gallon. We use more water than any other culture in the world, much to quench what’s now our largest crop—the lawn. Yet most Americans cannot name the river or aquifer that flows to our taps, irrigates our food, and produces our electricity. And most don’t realize these freshwater sources are in deep trouble.

Blue Revolution exposes the truth about the water crisis—driven not as much by lawn sprinklers as by a tradition that has encouraged everyone, from homeowners to farmers to utilities, to tap more and more…(http://www.cynthiabarnett.net/book.html)(www.amazon.com/BlueRevolution…Crisis)

Hydrology and Water Resources in the News and Science Media Book Review on Blue Revolution

http://hydro-logic.blogspot.com/2011/10/book-review-blue-revolution-by-cynthia.html BlueRevolution_cover_small

A waterless world

THE UN`s third `World water development report` presents a grim picture of the planet`s freshwater reserves and the impact of water scarcity on poor or developing nations. Presented ahead of the fifth World Water Forum that is to be held later this month, the report points out that the multiplying demands of expanding human populations, coupled with the irresponsible or inefficient use of water and the effects of climate change, constitute a potential minefield. Water stress, in tandem with climate change, could pose mounting security challenges as competition for water threatens fragile states and fuels regional rivalry. This is because “water is linked to the crises of climate change, energy and food supplies and prices, and troubled financial markets…. Unless their links with water are addressed and water crises around the world are resolved, these other crises may intensify and local water crises may worsen, converging into a global water crisis and leading to political insecurity at various levels”.

The report has grave implications for Pakistan which earns significant revenue from agriculture. The sector also constitutes the livelihood of millions of poor farmers who are end-of-the-line sufferers of the effects of inflation and rupee devaluation on the one hand, and of falling trade rates and global financial difficulties on the other. Pakistan is, in fact, no stranger to disputes arising out of water stress the damming and diverting of up-river flows and water allocation have led to acrimony not only with India but also among the provinces. The provision of water for domestic and industrial use and access to safe drinking water also remain grave concerns. The scarcity of potable water is a major cause of infant mortality amongst poor or rural populations, for example, while water availability and theft is a significant divisive factor in Karachi….more at: http://www.dawn.com/news/909669/a-waterless-world

Waterless World in Our Future?

Alternative energy sources could use too much of earth’s most precious resource  http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video?id=7373324

Water(less) World: H2O Use Around the World

Water Economics

What about water? It is easy to take this basic building block of life for  granted. However, water is a surprisingly limited commodity. Over the next 30  years, the global water supply is in danger of drying up.

The world population is projected to reach nine billion by 2050. Not only  will these people need water to drink and bathe with also a massive amount of  water must be used to grow additional food. The most rapid growth will be in  developing nations, whose water supplies are already under stress.

By 2030, the number of people living under severe water stress is expected to  rise to 3.9 billion, nearly half of the world population.

How Much Water Do You Use?….http://visualeconomics.creditloan.com/waterless-world-h2o-use-around-the-world_2010-04-15/

Question: What Causes Droughts?
The cause of droughts is easily understood, but hard to prevent. Depending on the location, crop failures, famine, high food prices, and deaths can occur. One of the scariest parts of a drought is the onset time. Unlike other forms of severe weather or natural disasters, droughts often develop slowly.
Answer: Droughts are caused by a depletion of precipitation over time. Unlike a dry spell, prolonged lack of rain will cause regions around the world to slowly dry out. Because of the slow onset of droughts, their cost is often only estimated. Frequently, droughts are billion dollar weather events and are one of the top three threats to population in the world (along with famine and flooding)…

http://weather.about.com/od/drought/f/droughts.htm

watch this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1a3tjqQiBI (Blue Gold : World Water Wars (Official Full Length Film)  ) water_wars_top2

2 Chronicles 7

New King James Version (NKJV)

12 Then the Lord appeared to Solomon by night, and said to him: “I have heard your prayer, and have chosen this place for Myself as a house of sacrifice. 13 When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people, 14 if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

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