Around the world and across the United States, usable water is growing scarcer. Underground water, along with conservation, can provide water for growing populations. Treatment, including desalination, could allow communities to access this largely untapped resource. By April Day, Staff Writer for Save the Water™ | March 5, 2017 What is desalination? Desalination is the […]
Article courtesy of Dawa Gyelmo | April 21st, 2016 | thethirdpole.net | Shared as educational material. Phub Dem, a remote village in western Bhutan, is just one of the areas experiencing water shortages. After the continual drying of nearby streams and water sources over the past few decades, water shortages were inevitable, experts say. Because […]
Water scarcity has long been an issue for human existence. Over 1.2 billion people, on all of the continents, live in regions termed “areas of physical scarcity”. Five hundred million additional people are approaching the same situation. Another 1.6 billion people face an economic shortage. The water that isn’t in shortage isn’t as innocent as it seems, either. Inadequate sanitation is a major problem for over 2.4 billion people around the world, giving prevalence to diseases such as cholera, typhoid, and other water-borne illnesses (Scarcity, Decade, Water for Life).
Freshwater scarcity is a growing concern, placing considerable importance on the accuracy of indicators used to characterize and map water scarcity worldwide. We improve upon past efforts by using estimates of blue water footprints (consumptive use of ground- and surface water flows) rather than water withdrawals, accounting for the flows needed to sustain critical ecological functions and by considering monthly rather than annual values.
Earth’s surface is dominated by water, 97% of which is salty. If even a fraction of that can be converted to drinkable water for municipal purposes and usable water for agriculture and industrial applications, then water scarcity becomes a far less daunting crisis.
Cairo – The Arab Water Council (AWC) has said that arid or semi-arid areas cover about 87 per cent of the Arab region, 83 million people do not have access to clean drinking water, and 96 million people do not have access to proper sanitation, while agriculture uses 85 per cent of water resources and 18 Arab countries suffer from water scarcity.
Some 800 million people in the world don’t have access to clean water, the President of the United Nations General Assembly, Sam Kutesa, has said.
The report from the 2014 World Economic Forum has warned that water scarcity is the third biggest threat to the global economy, after fiscal dilemmas and joblessness.
Yet, like a tectonic fault line, underlying China’s new standing in the world is an increasingly fierce competition between energy and water that threatens to upend China’s progress.
A small girl from Missan Pada Faliya of Ahwa in Dang district was seen filling her pot with water from a pit on Thursday morning. Soon, many others from the village gathered around her to get water from the same dirty ditch, located close to Ahwa sarpanch Sanjay Pawar’s house.
Water scarcity already affects every continent. Around 1.2 billion people, or almost one-fifth of the world’s population, live in areas of physical scarcity, and 500 million people are approaching this situation.
Water is scarce, polluted, over-exploited, mismanaged and misallocated. Water, both in terms of quantity and quality, is essential to sustain political, economic, social and environmental systems. In an increasingly globalised and interconnected world, water scarcity and pollution, as well as floods and droughts, represent a significant risk to which no country is immune.