Water distress

Water distress has many different aspects but the

consequences converge – more geopolitical and economic

stress, more  biological burden.

 

Major rivers like the Indus, Colorado, Ganges,

Rio Grande, and Yellow River of China are so

over-tapped by agriculture, industry and ballooning

cities that they never reach the oceans for part of the year.

Aquifers are over-exploited. Too much pumping of

underground aquifers forces water tables to fall and

irrigation wells to dry up in many key places in the world.

Much of the “green revolution” practices that are the

base of the industrial agriculture today rely on irrigation:

using fossil fuels to pump water from rivers or aquifers.

No water means less yields and lots of hungry,

angry people.

Misconstrued dam projects distorted the sustainable
food production.

The drinking water sanitation processes in their vast majority cannot filter the chemical contaminants out.

 

The growing use of agricultural chemicals, along with

the serious consequences of barely managed industrial

and sewage releases, has rendered large quantities

of fresh water impure in many parts of the world,

including Europe.

Deforestation further reduces water retention capacity of the lands, leading to flash floods and land slides and – as in the case of the Amazon - disrupts the hydrological cycle, reducing rain for important agricultural hubs to the south.

ARCADE OF DISCOVERY
EXTERNAL LINKS

Glaciers 'have shrunk to lowest levels in 120 years'

PDF. A report how water undermines world food security by High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition, FAO.

Newsweek article: Te World Will Soon Be at War Over Water

Website of the Clean Water initiative Our water may be transparent and free of pathogenic microbes but it is not free of chemical contamination.

Nature Conservancy 1:40 min video. Penelope Cruz is Water.

Swiss Info: Pesticides pollute 50% of Swiss groundwater — report

Reportage, video 43:00 min, about contaminants in our waters from A bon entendeur (RTS.ch)

Article in 20 min about plastic in our waters (French)

What would happen if the Colorado River dried up?” asks the Washington Post.