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11 oktober 2007

Voorraden drinkwater verdwijnen door klimaatverandering

By Tara Lohan, AlterNet, October 11, 2007

Thanks to global warming, pollution, population growth, and privatization, we are teetering on the edge of a global crisis.


We depend on water for survival. It circulates through our bodies and the land, replenishing nutrients and carrying away waste. It is passed down like stories over generations -- from ice-capped mountain
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s to rivers to oceans.

Historically water has been a facet of ritual, a place of gathering and the backbone of community.

But times have changed. "In an age when man has forgotten his origins and is blind even to his most essential needs for survival, water has become the victim of his indifference," Rachel Carson wrote.

As a result, today, 35 years since the passage of the Clean Water Act, we find ourselves are teetering on the edge of a global crisis that is being exacerbated by climate change, which is shrinking glaciers and raising sea levels.

We are faced with thoughtless development that paves flood plains and destroys wetlands; dams that displace native people and scar watersheds; unchecked industrial growth that pollutes water sources; and rising rates of consumption that nature can't match. Increasingly, we are also threatened by the wave of privatization that is sweeping across the world, turning water from a precious public resource into a commodity for economic gain.

Latere toevoeging:

Global Water Scarcity: Can We Solve It?
Door Darci Palmquist, Cool Green Science / Climate Progress, 5 maart 2012

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