22 Mar '13, 1am

In honor of #WorldWaterDay tmrw, we're taking a look at nature's silent currency: water.

In honor of #WorldWaterDay tmrw, we're taking a look at nature's silent currency: water.

Giulio Boccaletti is Managing Director of Global Freshwater at The Nature Conservancy. This post originally appeared on the Global Water Forum . Water is the silent currency that runs through the global economy . In a world of seven billion people – with three billion new consumers coming on stage by 2030 – and seventy trillion dollars of global production, vast amounts of water are needed to irrigate our crops, cool our power plants, supply our manufacturing, and support our cities . Even though less than one percent of the world’s water is available freshwater, that is still, in principle, enough. However, it is only accessible for human use, if delivered where and when it is needed, at the right quality . Traditionally, we create access by relying only on hard infrastructure. We take water from nature – rivers, lakes, below ground – and store it in large basins, which c...

Full article: http://blog.nature.org/conservancy/2013/03/21/natures-sil...

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