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Monday, August 21, 2006

We Need Water...

This is a frightening snapshot of reality from this week's Financial Times. Fact is, we're rapidly depleting our sources of fresh water on this planet, and agriculture is currently a major factor fueling the problem. Some choice quotes below:
*Scientists had forecast in 2000 that one in three would face water shortages by 2025, but water experts have been shocked to find that this threshold has already been crossed.
*About a quarter of the world’s population lives in areas of “physical water shortage”, where natural forces, over-use and poor agricultural practices have led to falling groundwater levels and rivers drying up. But a further 1bn people face “economic water shortages”, because lack the necessary infrastructure to take water from rivers and aquifers.
*Farming uses up to 70 times more water than is used for domestic purposes.

posted by CASFS 2006 @ 8:38 PM


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