13 Dec '11, 5pm

Water Will Be the Critical Limiting Factor of 21st Century Production

Water Will Be the Critical Limiting Factor of 21st Century Production

Steadily Increasing Demand: Although population growth is the major cause of increasing global water withdrawal levels, the overall rise in demand for water has outpaced population growth by a factor of two. The withdrawal rate in the US is expected to increase by between 10 and 20 percent over 1995 levels by 2025. Extreme Drought Risk: Steadily increasing temperatures from climate change and global exploitation of water resources have significantly increased the threat of drought. By 2030, nearly two thirds of the US is likely to be drastically drier which will put large parts of the nation at risk for extreme drought. Disappearing Snow Cover: In the Northern Hemisphere, monthly snow cover has declined 1.3 percent every ten years for the last decade. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) predicts that Earth’s middle latitudes will experience snow losses of 60 to...

Full article: http://www.triplepundit.com/2011/12/water-will-be-critica...

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