02 Sep '13, 4am

Renewables-based Desalination: A Solution to MENA's Water Crisis

Renewables-based Desalination: A Solution to MENA's Water Crisis

Water availability and scarcity is not only costly in terms of human and other animals’ life, it is also a growing economic challenge. The World Bank estimates the cost of adapting to the impacts of a 2°C rise in global average temperature could range from a conservative US$70 to $100 billion per year between 2020 and 2050 and that between US$13.7 billion and $19.2 billion of that amount would be related exclusively to water scarcity issues. Nowhere is this problem felt more intensely than in the MENA region, one of the most water scarce regions of the world. Although home to 6.3 percent of the world’s population (and growing), the region has access to only 1.4 percent of the world’s renewable fresh water (and declining). To make matters worse, the region currently exploits over 75 percent of its available renewable water resources due to its burgeoning population, increas...

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