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Tag : Water depletion (47)

The approaching crisis: Is the world running out of water?

news.com.au / Nick Whigham / 17 June 2017

Water is absolutely fundamental to life, which makes the increasingly loud warnings about water scarcity and an impending global water crisis so concerning for world leaders.

If current patterns of consumption continue unabated, two-thirds of the world’s population will be facing water shortages as a daily reality by 2025 and global policy makers are scrambling to avoid catastrophe.

“What’s happening bit by bit is that water scarcity is becoming increasingly common all around the world, no matter where you look as country after country hits the limit of what it can use,” says Professor Mike Young.

“Whether that’s in Australia, California, China, India, Pakistan, or right throughout Africa.”

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newterra showcasing toilet-to-tap technology

Newterra / 22 March 2017

World Water Day is a great time to reflect on how precious every drop of water is, particularly when much of the world does not have access to clean, safe, drinking water. According to a report by World Health Organization (www.who.int), half of the world’s population will be living in water-stressed areas by the year 2025. Given these facts, it’s easy to see how critically important it is that we think about ways to reuse wastewater. newterra (www.newterra.com), a leader in modular water, wastewater, and groundwater treatment solutions, is working hard to expand global access with innovative, safe, and efficient water treatment technology.

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Summer drought continues into the winter

Cat Tales / Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority / Winter/Spring 2017

The lack of rain was the lead story in the previous edition of Cat Tales and continues to create headlines – and headaches – for folks living within the CRCA jurisdiction.

As of the writing of this article, in early December, officials with the Cataraqui Region Water Response Team had deemed that the region was still in a moderate drought situation, downgrading it on Nov. 15 from severe where it had been for much of the summer and fall. That action came about after there was a significant amount of rainfall in mid-October helping stream flows and groundwater to rise to levels where supply was barely meeting demand. At this level, officials still recommend that water users practice conservation with at least a 20 per cent reduction in normal usage. As recently as Nov. 2, the ‘severe’ tag was still in place.

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It’s final — Corn ethanol is of no use

Forbes / James Conca / 20 April 2014

The summary in the new report also states, “Increasing bioenergy crop cultivation poses risks to ecosystems and biodiversity” (WGIII).

The report lists many potential negative risks of development, such as direct conflicts between land for fuels and land for food, other land-use changes, water scarcity, loss of biodiversity and nitrogen pollution through the excessive use of fertilizers (Scientific American).

The International Institute for Sustainable Development was not so diplomatic, and estimates that the CO2 and climate benefits from replacing petroleum fuels with biofuels like ethanol are basically zero (IISD). They claim that it would be almost 100 times more effective, and much less costly, to significantly reduce vehicle emissions through more stringent standards, and to increase CAFE standards on all cars and light trucks to over 40 miles per gallon as was done in Japan just a few years ago.

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Impacts of climate change on global water systems

World Affairs / 25 Feb 2013

A warming planet doesn’t just mean melting ice caps, rising waters and other environmental problems, according to Professor Guzman. It also means the potential for never-before-seen migration, famine, war and disease. This is not a phenomenon that we have to wait for as it is already happening. Prolonged droughts, massive flooding and food shortages have already become the norm in certain parts of the developing world.

Dangers posed to St. Lawrence River, mayors tell water summit

Montreal Gazette / Michelle Lalonde / 06 October 2016

montreal-que-november-11-2015-montreal-mayor-denis-coQuebec City Mayor Régis Labeaume says he gets “the chills” when he recalls incidents that have threatened his city’s drinking water supply, because they remind him of the vulnerability of Quebec’s rivers and waterways and the terrible burden of responsibility on municipal leaders to ensure safe drinking water.

Labeaume was addressing the AquaHacking 2016 Summit Thursday at Montreal’s Palais des Congrès, an annual conference gathering several hundred water experts, technological experts, decision-makers and citizens to find solutions for protecting waterways, with a focus this year on protecting the St. Lawrence River.

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