Building a world of
resilient communities.

MAIN LIST

 

Water - Sept 25

Click on the headline (link) for the full text.

Many more articles are available through the Energy Bulletin homepage


Ban Near on Diverting Water From Great Lakes

Susan Saulny, New York Times
The House began debate Monday on a sweeping bill that would ban almost any diversion of water from the Great Lakes’ natural basin to places outside the region.

The measure is intended to put to rest longstanding fears that parched states or even foreign countries could do long-term damage to the basin by tapping into its tremendous body of fresh water.

The bill, which would also put in place strict conservation rules for the eight states that border the lakes, is expected to win House approval, perhaps as soon as Tuesday. It has already been passed by the Senate, and the Bush administration has signaled its support.

So House backing for the measure, known as the Great Lakes Compact, is regarded by its many advocates across the Midwest and in New York and Pennsylvania as a long-sought final piece to a complicated puzzle whose solution started taking shape a decade ago in an effort to give the region control over its water. The fear was that without strict, consistent rules on who is entitled to that water, it might start disappearing.

“People realized that Great Lakes water is a finite resource and that death by a thousand straws is a real threat,” said Jordan Lubetkin, a spokesman for the National Wildlife Federation. “There is a perception that because the Great Lakes are so vast, they are immune from harm. That is not the case.”...
(22 September 2008)


Peter Gleick: Deal With the Water Crisis Now

Matthew Power, Wired Magazine
Among the challenges facing the next president, few are more complex—scientifically, politically, and economically—than the unsustainable global demands on fresh water supplies. Sources are drying up in the US and worldwide, raising the specters of hunger, disease, and international conflict. No one has a clearer view of these issues than Peter Gleick, president and cofounder of the Pacific Institute, an Oakland, California-based environmental think tank. So what will the new president need to understand about water? Here are eight slides from Gleick's hypothetical PowerPoint presentation. See original article for slides.
(24 September 2008)




Running dry

The Economist
The world has a water shortage, not a food shortage

MOST people drink about 2 litres of water a day, but consume 3,000 a day if the water that goes into their food is taken into account. Rich countries use more as their consumption of meat, which is far more water-intensive than grain, is higher. Around 1.2 billion people live in places that are short of water, and it is running out in others such as northern China and western America. Meanwhile, the world's population is growing and more water will be needed to feed it. Farming, which accounts for some 70% of human water consumption, offers the best opportunity for thrift. Repairing leaks and better irrigation in poor countries could help reduce wastage by up to 70%, as could switching to less thirsty crops in arid regions.
View map at original

What do you think? Leave a comment below.

Sign up for regular Resilience bulletins direct to your email.

Take action!  

Find out more about Community Resilience. See our COMMUNITIES page
Start your own projects. See our RESOURCES page.
Help build resilience. DONATE NOW.

 

This is a community site and the discussion is moderated. The rules in brief: no personal abuse and no climate denial. Complete Guidelines.


A Recipe for Change

In Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation, Michael Pollan describes his …

Seeds of Change  

Gary Nabhan has taken the fight to the corporate seed merchants through the …

The International Year of Pulses and Tropical Agriculture

The role of insect ecology is to try to understand the regulating mechanisms …

Agroecology Now

The primary obstacle to sustainable food security is an economic model and …

What is Closed Loop Agriculture?

Closed loop agriculture is farming practice that recycles all nutrients and …

Let's Think About Water for Earth Day

This idea might seem all wet to some people, but I’d like to propose …

A Permaculture Guide to Choosing Cover Crops

One of my constant refrains is “Permaculture is a decision making tool …