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2/12/2014 (1 year ago)

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Water shortages blamed over agricultural demands, growing global population, energy production and climate change

Water - fundamental to human, and all life on Earth, is in increasingly short supply. Growing agricultural demands, a growing population, energy production and climate change are all part of this growing problem. Some experts say this growing, desperate situation could soon lead to terror and warfare over a global commodity most everyone takes for granted.

Some regions - to use a favored agricultural cliché, such as the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia are all projected to experience water shortages over the coming years because of decades of bad management and overuse.

Some regions - to use a favored agricultural cliché, such as the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia are all projected to experience water shortages over the coming years because of decades of bad management and overuse.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

2/12/2014 (1 year ago)

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Keywords: Water, terrorism, misuse, drought, climate change


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - It must be noted that while the United States' western states, California in particular, is crippled with drought, there are many parts of the world that suffer from TOO much rainfall. Great is drowning after a series of Atlantic storms off the south-western coast. According to the Grace Satellite record, countries at northern latitudes and in the tropics are getting wetter while countries at mid-latitude are running increasingly low on water.

"What we see is very much a picture of the wet areas of the Earth getting wetter," California hydrologist James Famiglietti says. "Those would be the high latitudes like the Arctic and the lower latitudes like the tropics. The middle latitudes in between, those are already the arid and semi-arid parts of the world and they are getting drier."

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Images with the biggest water losses were denoted by red hotspots, he said. And those red spots largely matched the locations of groundwater reserves.

"Almost all of those red hotspots correspond to major aquifers of the world. What Grace shows us is that groundwater depletion is happening at a very rapid rate in almost all of the major aquifers in the arid and semi-arid parts of the world."

Some regions - to use a favored agricultural clich, such as the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia are all projected to experience water shortages over the coming years because of decades of bad management and overuse.

In either case, the world is going to be forced to think a lot more about water than it ever did before. Watering crops, demand in larger cities, cooling power plants, fracking oil and gas wells all take water from the same diminishing supply.

The news is uniformly bleak. Beginning in 2003, parts of Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran along the Tigris and Euphrates rivers lost 144 cubic kilometers of stored freshwater, about the same amount of water in the Dead Sea. The majority of the water lost, 60 percent was due to reductions in groundwater.

The U.S. security establishment is already warning of potential conflicts - including terror attacks - over water. The U.S. director of national intelligence warned that overuse of water - as in India and other countries - was a source of conflict that could potentially compromise U.S. national security.

"During the next 10 years, many countries important to the United States will experience water problems - shortages, poor water quality, or floods - that will risk instability and state failure, increase regional tensions, and distract them from working with the United States," the report read.

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