12 Sep 2012

Speed blogging

All of these links come from the ever-diligent Daniel Lippman:
  1. Drought (plus rising sea level) means that more of the Mississippi is salty. Bad for ecosystems; bad for people.

  2. Yemen may be the first country to REALLY run out of water, forcing people to abandon cities and land for places with water (provided by desalination?). The reason? Poor governance means that water demand is outpacing supply.

  3. Speaking of failed water policies: Shortages are good news for companies in the desalination business, even though their "solutions" are 10x more expensive.

  4. Academics claim that feeding nine billion people on limited water means that people will need to switch to vegetarian diets. That's not going to happen: Rich people will pay for meat; poor people will pay more for less -- ending up hungry.

  5. Methane in groundwater due to fracking? That's possible when wells are badly drilled.

1 comment:

Shannon B. said...

I really enjoyed the NPR clip about encroaching salt water. While people in other countries continually deal with the fear of not having enough clean water, I think that people often forget that the United States also has to face running out of clean water.

Since the Mississippi is so large, maybe this will make a bigger impact on how people use water. The Rio Grande has been steadily declining the past few years but many people are oblivious to this because of it's location in the country and the fact that little attention has been given to it. Perhaps, since the Mississippi is in a more heavily populated area of the country and is important to many people's livelihoods, it's problems won't go as unnoticed by citizens.

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