Water shortages will put 5 billion pe...

Water shortages will put 5 billion people at risk by 2050, U.N. warns

There are 28 comments on the ThinkProgress story from Mar 20, 2018, titled Water shortages will put 5 billion people at risk by 2050, U.N. warns. In it, ThinkProgress reports that:

In March, the Kenyan government declared the region a 'National Emergency' as the severe drought takes hold. Credit: Giles Clarke/Getty Images for UNOCHA Almost half of the world's population - some 3.6 billion people - currently live in areas vulnerable to water scarcity.

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Jackie

Allentown, PA

#1 Mar 20, 2018
Oh boy, here come the water wars next ?
Hopefully

Peabody, MA

#2 Mar 20, 2018
I should be dead by then.

“Yeah, but...”

Since: Sep 11

MILKY WAY

#3 Mar 20, 2018
What's this?
I heard that global warming would cause us all to be flooded with water by then!
I got the ark half-built, and it's near impossible to keep them damn rabbits apart!
Cordwainer Trout

Campbellsville, KY

#4 Mar 20, 2018
Let Democrats back in control, or not continuing to lose ground and you'll have them lying about Russians to ship U.S. water to Europe, like they want to do with natural gas surpluses (instead of allowing market forces to reduce gas prices to American consumers.) Democrat mafias across the U.S. have already established quasi-local government control over water and use it to surreptitiously raise taxes on people refusing to pass tax increases... all so the Democrat administrators can live in million dollar houses and "earn" six figure incomes.

The U.N. doesn't have to worry. AlGore says we'll have "flying rivers" soon.
anonymous

New York, NY

#5 Mar 21, 2018
Water, oil, etc. The problem is too many people. It's the hallmark of liberalism and conservatism to deny this absolute reality.
Cordwainer Trout

Campbellsville, KY

#6 Mar 21, 2018
anonymous wrote:
Water, oil, etc. The problem is too many people. It's the hallmark of liberalism and conservatism to deny this absolute reality.
Nonsense. 70% of the Earth's surface is water. Enough food to feed twice the current Earth's population could be grown in land the size of Texas. Natural gas and natural oil are not finite. Only you imagination is finite.
spocko

Oakland, CA

#7 Mar 21, 2018
Cordwainer Trout wrote:
Let Democrats back in control, or not continuing to lose ground and you'll have them lying about Russians to ship U.S. water to Europe, like they want to do with natural gas surpluses (instead of allowing market forces to reduce gas prices to American consumers.) Democrat mafias across the U.S. have already established quasi-local government control over water and use it to surreptitiously raise taxes on people refusing to pass tax increases... all so the Democrat administrators can live in million dollar houses and "earn" six figure incomes.

The U.N. doesn't have to worry. AlGore says we'll have "flying rivers" soon.
LOL ... you can't even manage to come up with a half way decent straw man argument, moron!
No Joke

Peabody, MA

#8 Mar 21, 2018
Cordwainer Trout wrote:
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Nonsense. 70% of the Earth's surface is water. Enough food to feed twice the current Earth's population could be grown in land the size of Texas. Natural gas and natural oil are not finite. Only you imagination is finite.
Desalination is very, very expensive.

Cape Town, South Africa is in a terrible situation.

This isnít funny nor to be taken lightly.

This is a people-caused problem.

We need smart, compassionate people to figure out a solution.
t0ejam

United States

#9 Mar 21, 2018
anonymous wrote:
Water, oil, etc. The problem is too many people. It's the hallmark of liberalism and conservatism to deny this absolute reality.
Yes, there is 0verp0puIati0n, but it's m0n0-theists that "deny this abs0Iute reaIity" and m0n0-theists c0me in vari0us p0IiticaI fIav0rs
It's the Cath0Iic church, M0rm0n church, Baptist church, the EvangeIicaIs that send their missi0naires int0 third w0rId c0utries and c0nvince the p00r sI0bs that it is their duty t0 p0puIate the pIanet and that birth c0ntr0I is wr0ng

t0ejam

United States

#10 Mar 21, 2018
Cordwainer Trout wrote:
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Nonsense. 70% of the Earth's surface is water. Enough food to feed twice the current Earth's population could be grown in land the size of Texas. Natural gas and natural oil are not finite. Only you imagination is finite.
We gr0w just en0ugh f00d s0 there is n0t en0ugh
If we gr0w en0ugh f00d f0r eight biIIi0n pe0pIe we are guaranteed t0 very quickIy have nine biIIi0n pe0pIe, with at Ieast 0ne biIIi0n starving
It an endIess cycIe due t0 the p0wers that be
USA Today

Milwaukee, WI

#11 Mar 21, 2018
Yes fresh water scarcity will become very real. But the abundance of ocean saltwater will prevail. The (present) problem is the cost of saltwater "desalinization." If the process was cheap, the U.S. would be desalinizing ocean water for our Southwestern desert states--already in the throes of draught.
anonymous

New York, NY

#12 Mar 21, 2018
Cordwainer Trout wrote:
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Nonsense. 70% of the Earth's surface is water. Enough food to feed twice the current Earth's population could be grown in land the size of Texas. Natural gas and natural oil are not finite. Only you imagination is finite.
Natural gas and natural oil are not finite? Maybe if you have 60 or so million years to cook up a new batch.....

No. We have no real new frontier to explore. For most of time, we had observable phenomena to investigate like the energy of the sun. Now it's all known to us and we have a fair understanding on how to tap into those things.....but practical solutions are limited. If we can't export our surplus population into space, we will undoubtedly see a major die off in this century.

It's as simple as I can make it. Stop solving water problems or oil problems. Start solving population problems.
Cordwainer Trout

Campbellsville, KY

#13 Mar 21, 2018
anonymous wrote:
Natural gas and natural oil are not finite? Maybe if you have 60 or so million years to cook up a new batch.....
No. We have no real new frontier to explore. For most of time, we had observable phenomena to investigate like the energy of the sun. Now it's all known to us and we have a fair understanding on how to tap into those things.....but practical solutions are limited. If we can't export our surplus population into space, we will undoubtedly see a major die off in this century.
It's as simple as I can make it. Stop solving water problems or oil problems. Start solving population problems.
Repeating the fantastic nonsense of a recently and finally deceased, paralyzed nitwit, whose sad state fell victim to an unsupportable mix of metaphysics and science, adds no validity to your limited imagination. Your "it's all known to us" arrogance is a perfect example of the arrogant incapacity of the social justice warrior mind. It is that arrogant ignorance, which will lead to a reduction of the human population on Earth, not dreams.
Bye Bye

Peabody, MA

#14 Mar 22, 2018
Cordwainer Trout wrote:
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Repeating the fantastic nonsense of a recently and finally deceased, paralyzed nitwit, whose sad state fell victim to an unsupportable mix of metaphysics and science, adds no validity to your limited imagination. Your "it's all known to us" arrogance is a perfect example of the arrogant incapacity of the social justice warrior mind. It is that arrogant ignorance, which will lead to a reduction of the human population on Earth, not dreams.
Itís real simple: birth control.

If humans really want a good future for the next generations, then humans need to limit breeding and start thinking.
Cordwainer Trout

Campbellsville, KY

#15 Mar 22, 2018
Bye Bye wrote:
Itís real simple: birth control.
If humans really want a good future for the next generations, then humans need to limit breeding and start thinking.
Enforced birth control, as in China, no doubt. Or, maybe encourage homosexuality? Yeah, we know how you think.
spocko

Oakland, CA

#16 Mar 22, 2018
Bye Bye wrote:
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Itís real simple: birth control.

If humans really want a good future for the next generations, then humans need to limit breeding and start thinking.
As well as eliminating vermin like Cortwainer Trout from the gene pool :-/
anonymous

New York, NY

#17 Mar 22, 2018
Cordwainer Trout wrote:
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Repeating the fantastic nonsense of a recently and finally deceased, paralyzed nitwit, whose sad state fell victim to an unsupportable mix of metaphysics and science, adds no validity to your limited imagination. Your "it's all known to us" arrogance is a perfect example of the arrogant incapacity of the social justice warrior mind. It is that arrogant ignorance, which will lead to a reduction of the human population on Earth, not dreams.
Social justice warrior? You've got to be kidding.

The problem is TOO MANY PEOPLE! It's not about who gets to eat steak. It's about the reality that we need energy to keep the farms productive. We need land to keep the crops available. We need so many other things because we are not defined only by a bread and water existence.

The reality is that the more we provide, the more the population explodes. I don't give a hoot about Hawking. He was largely a figurehead for most of his later life, a warm fuzzy for the handicapped. Let him have his place but accept the real world that, based on what we have and can plan on having, will collapse before this century is over.

Maybe we'll get lucky with some new discovery, but I wouldn't plan on it. As mentioned, we don't have some fantastic new source of energy, new continents to colonize, nor are we likely to be able to have an infrastructure in place to export billions of untrained yahoos to Mars to build a home in a place that is not very easy to live in.

Plan on war, disease and shortages for the next century...but don't EVER tell people to stop making babies! Despite your Sci-fi nom de plume, you obviously make all your science decisions based on a literal interpretation of the Bible. You waste all of our time, injun killer.
Enough Already

Peabody, MA

#18 Mar 22, 2018
Cordwainer Trout wrote:
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Enforced birth control, as in China, no doubt. Or, maybe encourage homosexuality? Yeah, we know how you think.
I donít doubt that homosexuality is a natural path nature takes to cope with overpopulation. And many homosexual couples adopt children who are in need of a good home. So donít see a pron]blem there.

China eliminated the one child policy. It did have some unintended consequences. I wouldnít recommend that method of population control. But if you have spent anytime in China, it is understandable why China was trying to work on the problem.

The United States could study problems caused by Chinaís misguided one child policy or Japanís social issues that are causing women to reject motherhood and learn from them.

We could figure out ways to improve access to birth control, improve and relieve stressors on family units and balance the population so that we do not run low on resources.

Unfortunately we have a president and a majority in Congress that donít like to study to solve problems, just to delay looking at problems.
USA Today

Milwaukee, WI

#20 Mar 23, 2018
Limiting humanity's growth is not a viable answer. That would ultimately lead to killing "some" to save "others." Are we to face a panel of judges who decide who is live and who is to die, for the sake of water? Get real! Ocean water "Desalinization" is the ultimate answer to the world's water problem.

“Happy Spring”

Since: Dec 09

Just hanging out.

#21 Mar 23, 2018
USA Today wrote:
Limiting humanity's growth is not a viable answer. That would ultimately lead to killing "some" to save "others." Are we to face a panel of judges who decide who is live and who is to die, for the sake of water? Get real! Ocean water "Desalinization" is the ultimate answer to the world's water problem.
Desalting ocean water sounds like a real good idea, since theres plenty of it. But i wonder if that effect oceanlife, there fore limiting food supply?

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