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Dry Planet

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A Future of Thirst: Massive Worldwide Water Crisis Lies on the Horizon

The next time your throat is as dry as a bone and the Sun is beating down, take a glass of clean, cool water.

Savour it. Sip by sip.

Vital and appreciated as that water is, it will be even more precious to those who will follow you.

By the end of this century, billions are likely to be gripped by water stress and the stuff of life could be an unseen driver of conflict.

So say hydrologists who forecast that on present trends, freshwater faces a double crunch -- from a population explosion, which will drive up demand for food and energy, and the impact of climate change.

World maps showing water resources, energy consumption and regional hydroelectric potentional

/AFP World maps showing water resources, energy consumption and regional hydroelectric potentional

"Approximately 80 percent of the world's population already suffers serious threats to its water security, as measured by indicators including…

Update: Collapse Of Parts of West Antarctica Ice Sheet Has Begun

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UPDATE:5-20-14:Doubling of Antarctic ice loss revealed by European satellite

It was also the European model that predicted Hurricane Sandy exactly.

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How does it feel to be the generation watching the beginning of the extinction of the human species? Even though these glaciers may not totally melt for a couple more centuries the rise in sea level brought by them now is already affecting coastlines and that means affecting us. So the next time you hear anyone say humans aren't pushing this or that "Antarctic ice is increasing" you will know they are lying to you by omission by design. There is a difference in land ice and sea ice in Antarctica and the dynamics of that is not known nor cared about by the Rush Limbaughs of the world.

This isn't about your politics or your portfolios. This is about survival. As we all know when faced with imminent harm to ourselves/danger to our lives and especially our children (ever see a mother defend he…

Update: Mysterious Cluster Of Birth Defects In Washington State- Is It The Water?

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UPDATE:5-20-14:

Changes in confirmed plus borderline cases of congenital hypothyroidism in California as a function of environmental fallout from the Fukushima nuclear meltdown

"The findings support research that the fetal thyroid gland is particularly vulnerable to adverse health effects from radiation exposure. The fetal thyroid, the first glandular structure to appear in the human embryo [20] begins to concentrate iodine and produce thyroid hormones by the 70th day of gestation. Proper brain development is dependent upon adequate thyroid function [21].

This report addressed doses to California fetuses from the meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear plant. While official US government data includes a limited number of measurements of radioactive iodine concentrations in air, water, or other environmental media, most of the highest levels were found in the western US. Our use of gross beta concentrations in air is less specific, as gross beta includes multiple beta-emitting radioactiv…