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World on track to run out of drinkable water

Posted on Thursday, 23 May, 2013 | Comment icon 68 comments | News tip by: Hilander

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The UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon has warned that a world water shortage is on the horizon.

Speaking at the UN's International Day of Biological Diversity, Ban outlined that extreme weather events and changes to the environment are causing difficulties in the storage of natural water. The problem not only affects drinkable water supplies but also the supply of water used in energy generation and agriculture.

"We live in an increasingly water insecure world where demand often outstrips supply and where water quality often fails to meet minimum standards," he said. "Under current trends, future demands for water will not be met. Although seemingly abundant, only a tiny amount of the water on our planet is easily available as freshwater."

"Freshwater supply and water quality under pressure, warns UN secretary general on International Day of Biological Diversity."

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Comment icon #59 Posted by The New Richard Nixon on 30 May, 2013, 17:49
So Frozen ice wont be drinkable?
Comment icon #60 Posted by third_eye on 31 May, 2013, 14:42
took a while to dig at the verified sources .... Utah has reversed it last year or so check your local laws to see if it applies still in your state : [/background][/left][/color]
Comment icon #61 Posted by lightly on 2 June, 2013, 17:51
like i said earlier.. we won't run out of drinkable water.. we will soon 'run out' of FREE drinkable water? .. then what happens?
Comment icon #62 Posted by Hilander on 5 June, 2013, 20:04
They were talking about taxing us on our wells. We dug the well and pay for the pump and electric. Just another stupid reason to tax people.
Comment icon #63 Posted by lightly on 5 June, 2013, 23:44
Same here Hillander, I payed to get the well installed, and dug the well pit and water line by hand , i got sweat equity . lol I don't quite understand why i should be taxed for my water system on my land ... but ya, it's coming . Water will become a 'public' resource and there will be state and maybe federal 'taxes' on it, but worse will be the corporate control and SALE of water sources. I can just smell the 'privatization' of distribution coming.
Comment icon #64 Posted by Hilander on 6 June, 2013, 23:38
I can see the corporations talking control of it and taking it away from the people that own the land and the government will let them. If they do I want $200. a barrel because it will be worth more than oil.
Comment icon #65 Posted by third_eye on 7 June, 2013, 0:01
Comment icon #66 Posted by lightly on 7 June, 2013, 18:23
lol .. i'll sell it for $150 a barrel ! I've considered bottling water from here before.. we live in Clearwater township .. and they ain't kidding. Actually , out of curiosity i googled around a bit and learned that taxing water and Private ownership and sale of water is nothing new, been going on forever basically ... even for municipalities . But this new boon will be the modern version, whereby government facilitates the corporate takeover of a large portion of water distribution and sale worldwide. It's this sort of weird perversion of govern... [More]
Comment icon #67 Posted by Timonthy on 8 June, 2013, 5:21
Apparently there's a 2000% markup on bottled water here in Aus, but rainwater is still free to collect.
Comment icon #68 Posted by theworldneeds2know on 16 June, 2013, 18:33
"Idle no more" The Harper government is gonna destroy most of Canada's lakes and rivers for the pipelines. In the long run that's going to be a big mistake cause only less then 5% of Canada's lakes and rivers are protected now.

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