Saturday, May 25, 2013

Most People on Earth will Suffer as a Consequence of Unfiltered Water in Two Generations

     An article published on eurekalert.org informed that, "A conference of 500 leading water scientists from around the world today issued a stark warning that, without major reforms, 'in the short span of one or two generations, the majority of the 9 billion people on Earth will be living under the handicap of severe pressure on fresh water, an absolutely essential natural resource for which there is no substitute. This handicap will be self-inflicted and is, we believe, entirely avoidable.'".

     Among the different statistics mentioned, humanity uses land the size of South America for agriculture, and land the size of Africa for livestock. Another astonishing average was the fact that a large dam has been built every day for the last 130 years. The article goes on and continues with ways to help the future with a predicament that we can see coming two generations away:

"1) Make a renewed commitment to adopt a multi-scale and interdisciplinary approach to water science in order to understand the complex and interlinked nature of the global water system and how it may change now and in future.
2) Execute state-of-the-art synthesis studies of knowledge about fresh water that can inform risk assessments and be used to develop strategies to better promote the protection of water systems.
3) Train the next generation of water scientists and practitioners in global change research and management, making use of cross-scale analysis and integrated system design.
4) Expand monitoring, through traditional land-based environmental observation networks and state-of-the-art earth-observation satellite systems, to provide detailed observations of water system state.
5) Consider ecosystem-based alternatives to costly structural solutions for climate proofing, such that the design of the built environment in future includes both traditional and green infrastructure.
6) Stimulate innovation in water institutions, with a balance of technical- and governance-based solutions and taking heed of value systems and equity. A failure to adopt a more inclusive approach will make it impossible to design effective green growth strategies or policies."

     This can't be ignored, and with these water scientists trying to help avoid disaster it seems all but inevitable that these suggestions will be followed. Hopefully it's not too little too late, and reform can be made that will be effective throughout the lifetime of our civilization.

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3 comments:

  1. I like the ideas and the thesis but I keep thinking the only folks who will get this are those already in the Choir. Is someone boiling all of this down for the average person?
    I have found that articles like this intimidate most people who are looking for information (including myself). I will continue to study the articles and then look for away to present it to those outside the academic and even professional community.
    I will post back when I have something I think will do. I will also send a link so people can read the whole article if that is OK with you.
    I like your site and will refer others to it. Just keep it going.

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  2. Of course that's okay Gary. The idea is to boil articles down to a quicker read. I'm always citing back to the main article, which is the source. If others are interested in one of the articles I put up, I hope they will be interested in my other articles as well.

    Thank you for the encouragement.

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  3. Your welcome and I will let others know about your blog.

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