You're absolutely right about the Global Shortage of water. In fact it's
becoming big business.
With countries like China that have the same amount of water as Canada but
100 times as many people, over half of their cities regularly have water
shortages. And with the deserts increasing by over 1000sq. km /year it's not
getting any better any time soon.
But China's not the only problem. Desertification is devouring more than
20,000 square miles of land worldwide every year. And as it progresses the
land holds less and less water.
It's rare to see the sky in Beijing
In India the ancient aquifers are being sucked dry. They now have to pump
water from 1,000 feet below the surface when they would use oxen to haul
water in buckets from a few feet below the ground.
According to New Scientist magazine, farmers using crude oilfield technology
in India have drilled 21 million "tube wells" into the strata beneath the
fields to service water-needy crops like rice and sugar cane.
The central problem is that less than 2% of the world's store of water is
fresh. Still there's money to be made in supplying the tools of the trade.
Its increasing scarcity has impelled private companies and countries to
attempt to lock up rights to key sources.
The Next Cartel May Import Drinking Water.
The Future is already here; it's just not evenly distributed...
From: [address removed] On Behalf Of Kennita
Sent: Friday, October 26,[masked]:41 PM
To: [address removed]
Subject: [future-53] What's coming
I just heard on the radio about water being a
looming problem ("the next oil"). Also plastic,
except there's too much of it rather than too
little (http://snipurl.co...). I can
think of ways technology could help with both of
these; what can we as individuals do? And where
should they go on our timeline? What action items
would it make sense for us to have, as individuals
or as a group, if any?
I'd like to discuss this, and other ideas people
might have about what might be coming soon, before
the next Meetup, so we can have an idea of what
folks are interested in talking about and/or acting
on. What's most urgent?