Streams

Underreported: Peak Water

Thursday, February 19, 2009

A large portion of China and India’s fresh water supply comes from glaciers found on the Tibetan Plateau and the Himalayas. According to a new report by the World Economic Forum, those glaciers will be gone by 2100. That means the water sources for 2 billion people will simply dry up. Dr. Peter Gleick is the President and Co-founder of the Pacific Institute, a nonpartisan research institute that works for sustainable management of resources.

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Comments [2]

Lazarus Boutis from Westchester County, NY

You might be interested to know, that the previous Secretary-General of the UN, Kofi Annan, once said that the next World War would be fought over water.

Also, it's important to recognize that greater water use, if not Global Warming, is a direct relationship to the growing size of the World's population, and as such is a problem that will eventually need to be addressed before the former two issues can likewise be resolved.

Feb. 19 2009 02:01 PM
Sara from greenpoint

So happy to hear more about this topic and would like to hear more discussion about the politics around water already taking place in the middle east, especially in the Israeli/Palestinian conflicts where it seems this is already about water but still discussed as about land.
Thanks
Sara

Feb. 19 2009 10:50 AM

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