The end of the world as we know it?
Doomsayers enjoy predicting cataclysmic events that would lead to the demise of the human race.
Among the potential perpetrators of the end are giant space rock collisions, uranium explosions, mutating viruses, fossil fuel exhaustion, super volcano eruptions, alien invasions, god v. satan wrestling matches and the Sta-Puft marshmallow man.
What about water?
Water shortages lack the sex appeal of other end of days stories. But, much of the world lacks water for drinking and agriculture.
I am hopeful that desalination technology will advance to an affordable water delivery system in my lifetime.
If water desalination prospers, we can all enjoy a more dramatic goodbye event.
- By 2020, California will face a shortfall of fresh water as great as the amount that all of its cities and towns together are consuming today.
- By 2025, 1.8 billion people will live in conditions of absolute water scarcity, and 65 percent of the worlds population will be water stressed.
- To grow a ton of wheat uses 1,000 tons of water. The US is the largest exporter of wheat to the world. When we export a ton of our wheat, we are effectively including 100 tons of water in the bargain.
- In the US, 21 percent of irrigation is achieved by pumping groundwater at rates that exceed the water supplies ability to recharge.
- There are 66 golf courses in Palm Springs. On average, they each consume over a million gallons of water per day.
- Lake Meade (the source of 95% of water for Las Vegas) will be dry in the next 4 to 10 years SOURCE/Complete Article