Thursday, November 20, 2008

Not long before severe water shortages

There will be much less available drinking water in years to come, mainly because of climate change. As scientists predict global warming will cause major impact by disrupting water flow patterns, and with the expected increase in the severity of droughts, storms, and floods this will significantly reduce available drinking water to many people worldwide. If we are to believe reports from U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change up to 2 billion people won't have sufficient access to clean water by 2050, with another billion of "thirsty people" by 2080.

The situation with drinking water is already problem in many parts of the world, and there are more than 1 billion people worldwide that do not have sufficient access to clean drinking water. Asia is particularly feeling the clean water problem, especially in countries with constant rise in population (China, India) where there is not enough water for vast number of population. Global warming will not be kind once it strikes really hard, in some areas there will be droughts, in other storms and severe flooding, both of which will cause severe decline in water resources.

Water is the most precious resource on our planet

What we really need to do is protect our current water resources by developing sustainable development that would include new technologies capable to enhance both availability as well as reliability of water resources. We must fight global warming and climate change as soon as possible because water is necessary to support all life on Earth, really the most precious resource on our planet.

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