‘A new report released at a UN development summit in New York Tuesday warns that food production and agriculture are causing the rapid depletion of water resources across the world, advocating the cultivation of drought resistant and genetically modified crops to combat the crisis.”
” ‘Food and agriculture are by far the largest consumers of water. They require 1,000 times more than we use to drink and 100 times more than we use to meet basic personal needs,’ cautions the report titled ‘Water – More Nutrition Per Drop,’ initiated by the Swedish government.”
Agence France Presse – Article – 2004-02-22
LONDON (AFP) – A secret report prepared by the Pentagon (news – web sites) warns that climate change may lead to global catastrophe costing millions of lives and is a far greater threat than terrorism. The report was ordered by an influential US Pentagon advisor but was covered up by “US defense chiefs” for four months, until it was “obtained” by the British weekly The Observer.
The leak promises to draw angry attention to US environmental and military policies, following Washington’s rejection of the Kyoto Protocol (news – web sites) on climate change and President George W. Bush (news – web sites)’s skepticism about global warning — a stance that has stunned scientists worldwide.
The Pentagon report, commissioned by Andrew Marshall, predicts that “abrupt climate change could bring the planet to the edge of anarchy as countries develop a nuclear threat to defend and secure dwindling food, water and energy supplies,” The Observer reported.
The report, quoted in the paper, concluded: “Disruption and conflict will be endemic features of life.
• The Antarctic Icecap is the largest supply of fresh water, representing nearly 2% of the world’s total of fresh and salt water. The amount of water in our atmosphere is over 10 times as much as the water in all the rivers taken together. The fresh water actually available for human use in lakes and rivers and the accessible ground water amount to only about one-third of 1% of the world’s total water supply.
• Surface area (sq mi) Volume (cu mi) Percentage of total1Salt water The oceans 139,500,000 317,000,000 97.2% Inland seas and saline lakes 270,000 25,000 0.008 Fresh water Freshwater lakes 330,000 30,000 0.009 All rivers (average level) — 300 0.0001 Antarctic Icecap 6,000,000 6,300,000 1.9 Arctic Icecap and glaciers 900,000 680,000 0.21 Water in the atmosphere 197,000,000 3,100 0.001 Ground water within half
a mile from surface — 1,000,000 0.31 Deep-lying ground water — 1,000,000 0.31 Total (rounded) — 326,000,00
• Problems with The world Water supply.
• Global Warming
• Industrial agriculture eg Irrigation and the over use of pesticides.
• Pollutions by the chemical industries
• Bad Sanitation in most of the developing countries
• Privatization of National Water by some manufacturers.
• Wasteful living by some of the industrialized and developed nations
• Regional distribution and boundaries.