SAYS BLOOMBERG : The Earth's surface is mostly water, yet across increasingly large swaths of the planet, H2O reservoirs are drying up. This isn't a metaphor, and it's not hyperbole. It's a fact that's changing the destinies of companies and nations.
"Water has long been underpriced and overused. With only one percent of the earth’s water available for human consumption, peak water could be a more pressing problem than peak oil. With water consumed at a faster pace than the natural rate of evaporation, precipitation, and storage, water stewardship will define many companies’ long term success or struggle."
Privatizing water is a solution governments have implemented to offset the cost of maintaining water infrastructures. With the idea of creating a bigger market the likely hood of water prices increasing can offset usage.
However the backlash against this is that it affects the poor more than the rich because the less wealthy use a greater percentage of their pay to have water, while it doesn't break a wealthier persons piggy bank.
The fear is that these companies buying the rights to water do not care about human rights any more then they care about their bottom lines and profit margins. Therefore water is likely to be sold to the highest bidder, rather then shipped to those most in need.
"So as more water goes private, fewer people have access to it" - Economist Ge Yun
Over two billion people and 40% of the worlds agriculture depend on non-renewable fresh water from underground aquifer and reservoirs. These limited supplies are set to expire in the next couple of decades, what happens once they are depleted?
Water conservation is a must because as demand increases so does price. Just because a state or country recieves plenty of rainfall it doesn't protect them from a global economy that could be affected when a prolonged drought effects another part of the world.
If a drought were to hit Florida for example, there would be a greater demand to get something as frivolous as Oranges from Mexico. This would increase price and demand as far north as New England and beyond.
A solution being proposed and implemented around the world is to trap rain water. In dry areas like the American South West and over populated areas like Bangladesh the demand for water increases. But after recieving limited rainfall how does a city keep the water from flowing away or evaporating until the next rain comes?
Designing new buildings to harvest and use rain water is not a revolutionary idea but it is a pratical solution.
For one it could be used for something as trivial as replenishing water in a toilet bowl or used to irrigate farms. The problem with harvesting is that water is likely to acquire contaminets through its storage, therefore it is no longer deemed drinkable without proper filtration.
Some experts believe the solution to combating water usage and consumption is to increase its price. The World Bank sees this as a pratical solution since water is underpriced. However water is still a necessity that people cannot simply forgo or substitute
Although ocean water is not drinkable as it currently stands it plays a vital role in keeping the planet alive. Moisture evaporated from the oceans fuels ecosystems throughout the world by delivering rain.
However, through industrialization we are polluting the ocean more than ever. One of the first steps taken should be to clean our oceans and prevent pollutants such as plastic and mercury from degrading its bio-diversity.
Ghana is one of the more stable nations in the region, and yet even it has serious issues with fresh water. This video shows how low-tech solutions can combat the tainting of water by environmental factors such as mineral contamination of water sources. The $5,000 price tag for such technology seems high, but is very affordable considering the benefits given. Another organization working on this issue is: http://waterwellsforafrica.org/
With GMOs facing political opposition in much of the world, more low-tech approaches are quietly making a big difference. Visit Discover Magazine to read this article and other exclusive science and technology news stories.
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Coders, designers, and data experts: contribute to a collaborative effort in data visualization. Show off your skills, discuss technique, or dive into a new HTML5 toolkit by participating in our first "Visualization Sprint." One lucky contributor will be selected at random to win a pass to this year's sold out Eyeo Festival and all contributors will be credited on the final project.
This first Visualizing Sprint was conceived in response to a massive citizen science project involving 75,000 students from 80 countries around the world who have been collecting samples of water purity, pH, and salinity for the past year. The project is called the Global Water Experiment and it's organized by UNESCO and IUPAC as a central activity of the International Year of Chemistry. In keeping with the spirit of how the data was collected, we've devised this Sprint as an experiment in collaborative data visualization. Our goal is to have a finished visualization of the students' data that we can share with the world on World Water Day (March 22).
The American West has a 'drinking problem'. On farms and in cities, we are guzzling water at an alarming rate. Scientists say that to live sustainably, we should use no more than 40 percent of the water from the Colorado River Basin.
A solution to this problem is to build these desalination plants in areas that have natural reoccuring energy surpluses. Such as Geo-thermal areas of Iceland, or Using solar panels to boil water in the American South West.
EPA signed a memorandum of understanding with the Department of Veterans Affairs' Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Service to work jointly on promotional activities to help connect Veterans with disabilities with career opportunities in the water sector.
The need for portable water in places far off the grid is a very real one - whether for disaster relief, humanitarian efforts in areas hit by drought, or even just backcountry expeditions for science or pleasure. And while quite a few solutions exist for pumping and filtering dirty groundwater, another possible way to provide clean drinking water is through harvesting and cleaning rainwater, and a prototype for a new device to do exactly that is in the works.
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