On the subject of water, one of my favorite topics, this week is “World Water Week” in Stockholm, an annual conference whose aim is to serve as “the main arena for an exchange of views and experiences between members of the scientific, business, policy and civil society communities in order to advance efforts related to water, the environment, livelihoods and poverty reduction.”
Jason Godesky on The Anthropik Network, has this to say about it all:
“Water, water everywhere,” as Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s “Rime of the Ancient Mariner” bemoans, “Nor any drop to drink.” This is World Water Week, and though more than two-thirds of the earth’s surface is covered in water, 97.2% of it is contained in five oceans of salt water. 90% of all the earth’s fresh water is locked in the Antarctic ice sheet. Global warming has caused droughts, the loss of glaciers, the evaporation of whole lakes, and ultimately, a global water shortage.
The result of such shortages, of course, would be water wars. This is no hypothetical possibility; Israel’s recent invasion of Lebanon was fought for access to the Litani. Israel is not alone in its dire need for water; the whole Middle East, Africa and Sri Lanka are in the same dire straits. Even wealthy nations are beginning to feel the pressure. China, India and even the United States’ own Colorado River are becoming serious concerns.
Good reading here.