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Hot, crowded, and running out of fuel: Earth of 2050 a scary place ...: Hot, crowded, and running out of fuel: E...

Hot, crowded, and running out of fuel: Earth of 2050 a scary place ...: Hot, crowded, and running out of fuel: E...

But population growth has more direct effects upon the environment. The world’s natural resources are set to undergo unprecedented strain. Water demand is projected to grow by 55 percent by 2050 (including a 400-percent rise in manufacturing water demand), when 40 percent of the global population will live in “water-stressed” areas. The report identifies groundwater depletion as the greatest threat to both agricultural and urban water supplies. Nutrient-pollution of water sources is projected to further deplete aquatic biodiversity. And though the number of people with access to an “improved” water source should increase, the report projects that by 2050, 1.4 billion people will be without basic sanitation. “Improved” does not necessarily equate to “good enough,” alas.

Full article: http://peakoil.com/enviroment/hot-crowded-and-running-out...

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