Tuesday, January 22, 2008
When is the international community going to get into a serious discussion about population growth and its contributions to this crisis? Is it not irresponsible to continue population increases without adequate resources to sustain humans? If people in these regions wish to have water they must realize THEIR part in the problem and work to be the solution. It is simply insane to keep pumping all of this water out knowing the conditions it is creating while continuing population increases. Especially in light of warnings from the IPCC for this region in relation to climate change which is now also a great factor in lower water levels.
Drain On The Mediteranean/Water Usage Up
Freshwater has always been a scarce commodity in the semi-arid Mediterranean. It has 7 percent of the world's population, but only 3 percent of its freshwater resources. And the UN-sponsored Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report predicts that global warming may lead to less rainfall and more evaporation in the region, further reducing the supply of water.
Half the world's "water poor" -- that is, people whose access to freshwater is deemed inadequate -- live in the Mediterranean region, mostly on the sea's eastern and southern shores. By 2025, the Blue Plan predicts that due to population growth and expanding agriculture, the number of water poor in the region could be as high as 165 million in 2025, up from 108 million in 2000.
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