A climate issue the left and right agree on - we're running out of water

Jan 23, 2008 Read more: www.theaustralian.news.com.au 514

THE world is on the verge of a water crisis. As the global economy and the world's population continue to expand, we are becoming a much thirstier planet.

Read more

“UNLESS !!!!!!!”

Since: Nov 07

Location hidden

#217 Jan 24, 2008
whatever wrote:
<quoted text>
FYI: Water "NATURALLY" cleans itself. YOU are the one that doesn't know about "the way things work". Water seeps down into the ground and becomes clean again. The problem only becomes evident when water has to be drilled for and it COSTS MONEY. The COST is what sets minds to thinking that the world is "running out of palatable water". Today, we are all drinking the SAME WATER that was here during the days of the dinosaur...)or don't you think there REALLY WERE DINOSAURS????? Huhhhh???? And... the earth is FLAT, isn't it...??) This the way it ALWAYS HAS BEEN and the way it ALWAYS WILL BE. Repeat: Take your child's ELEMENTARY SCIENCE BOOK and R-E-A-D.
Ok folks this the way it works for you half informed and undereducated....

Water follows gravity (most of the time). For us here in Florida it starts with the downflow from Lake Lanier (thats N. Georgia). This regional flow along with some of the largest amounts of rainfall in the country make our water reserves. You see the entire state is one big filter. The main cleaning portion of the filter is the Everglades that have been reduced at yearly average of about 12%. Anyway we have what is called a sheet flow. The water migrates from the northern part of the state all the way down to the keys. Along the way it collects in various basins, one of them being one of the largest lakes in the country (Lk Okeechobee, very polluted) Most of our inter state rivers that were not re-engineered are more like large marshes(another source of recharge) so this water as it flows down the state filters into the aquifer through a very thin layer of lime-stone and into the underground system that the penisula rests on. Because of unchecked and irresponsible develeopment many of the recharge areas have been covered with concrete and run-off diverted to the ocean. This means the water does not go through the filter cycle and leaves less in the system. The lower levels in the aquifer, lowers the resisting pressures to salt water. All that water that surrounds us it what is killing us. As the salt water continues to pollute the Fresh water supply we do our part to help with incecticides, fertirlizers, sewage, etc. Thus furthering the amount in the fresh water cycle. Add to it the relentless stupidity to have plants and lawns not intended for our climate and the incredible need to wash your SUV's and now you have a water shortage. Just for kicks compound that problem with a 138% growth rate of immigrants from other states legal or otherwise and we do not have the resources to sustain our population.

Just because you got a surpluss (if you really do) dont call me chicken little for KNOWING we have a water shortage.
cutetexasguy

Amarillo, TX

#218 Jan 24, 2008
Why do we all have to be the ones to pay the higher price when they just plainly stated that the nuclear power plants are the ones using the water to cool their machines. Make them pay for their own mistake and come up with a way to regenerate the water or something!!!! HELLO... why does it always get put off on everyone else to pay the price???

Since: Jan 08

Hobart, Australia

#219 Jan 24, 2008
A affordable way to convert salt water to drinking water is only one step away, if it became a high demand issue we would have no problem doing it. But hey you gotta give it to the environmentalists there persistence is incomparable, the problem is the only way they'll every be happy is if we as humans cease to exist. The world is not gonna end, the sky is not gonna fall, there is not such this as man made global warming, and were not gonna run out of water.

______
Find your black&white love at http://www.BlackWhiteKiss.com . It really works!

“Kingman Real Estate”

Since: Oct 07

Kingman

#220 Jan 24, 2008
This is such BS I hate all the doom and gloom stuff to make people think the end is near. Technology will overcome any water shortage.

Thanks,

Justin Chambers
www.kingmanlandbrokers.com

BDT

“Wake Up, America!”

Since: May 07

Roderfield, WV

#221 Jan 24, 2008
Kev wrote:
Oh my god the sky is falling. When will the alarmists stop. We will never run out of water. Even if we got to a point were it was a serious problem. We can take straight sewer sludge and turn it into drinkable water. A affordable way to convert salt water to drinking water is only one step away, if it became a high demand issue we would have no problem doing it. But hey you gotta give it to the environmentalists there persistence is incomparable, the problem is the only way they'll every be happy is if we as humans cease to exist. The world is not gonna end, the sky is not gonna fall, there is not such this as man made global warming, and were not gonna run out of water. Considering water covers more than 75% of the planet I think we'll be OK.
Kev, I like your way of thinking!

BDT

“Wake Up, America!”

Since: May 07

Roderfield, WV

#222 Jan 24, 2008
ClamBob wrote:
<quoted text>
You're obviously reading the conservative dictionary.
IMO, Daniel obviously knows what he's talking about. In fact, I believe he hit the nail right on the head.
Myself

Henderson, NV

#223 Jan 24, 2008
I believe THIS is the report referred to in the article.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/shared/bsp/hi/pdfs/21...

And that THIS is another article about the report from 2006

http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn9801-gl...

“Denying those who deny nature”

Since: Jun 07

Norfolk va

#224 Jan 24, 2008
merry20679 wrote:
A affordable way to convert salt water to drinking water is only one step away, if it became a high demand issue we would have no problem doing it. But hey you gotta give it to the environmentalists there persistence is incomparable, the problem is the only way they'll every be happy is if we as humans cease to exist. The world is not gonna end, the sky is not gonna fall, there is not such this as man made global warming, and were not gonna run out of water.
______
Find your black&white love at http://www.BlackWhiteKiss.com . It really works!
Actually this one is less than twnety years old. Every time we go thru a dry spell the doomsayers are out with the crisis.

“Walking Attitude”

Since: Aug 07

The Q continuum

#225 Jan 24, 2008
Hmmmmmmmmmmmm..........

I'm thinking "desalianation"..... .....

Maybe this will sooth the "chicken little" crowd that are worried about rising oceans..........
MeanandNasty

United States

#226 Jan 24, 2008
kebecano wrote:
<quoted text>
well... half of it is SALTED water YO !
Save freshwater! Eat more salt!

“UNLESS !!!!!!!”

Since: Nov 07

Location hidden

#227 Jan 24, 2008
BDT wrote:
<quoted text>IMO, Daniel obviously knows what he's talking about. In fact, I believe he hit the nail right on the head.
And the sheep follow the misinformed. March on ward, march to the 1000 points of light.
MeanandNasty

United States

#228 Jan 24, 2008
Actually, it is CLEAN, desalinated water we are running out of.
John Boy

United States

#229 Jan 24, 2008
Guess who wrote:
Ok Who drank all the water?
Well now young fellow, I guess all prehistoric animals drank a goodly part of the water supply.
Than there were all those ancient volcanoes that spewed the magma into the oceans and turned the water to steam which went to you know where.
Oh I forgot. During the flood of Noah's time, all that steam came back down to earth. None of THAT water disappeared for ever, did it?
Can someone please explain where does water go that it will be GONE forever?

Money Shot

Plainfield, IN

#230 Jan 24, 2008
Oh no, in 2000 all our computers are going to stop working, we're running out of water and there's a monster in your Cheerios.
Be AFRAID, it makes it much easier to treat you like cattle.

Since: Jan 08

Killeen, TX

#231 Jan 24, 2008
There is no world wide water shortage today. The water may not be where it is needed the most today or it may be too polluted, but we have the same amount of water on earth today that we had at the beginning, give or take a few million gallons. Water is never worn out or used up. We may convert it to steam where it is used as a heat transfer medium and some of that steam may be exhausted into the air, but it condenses and comes back to us as water somewhere, someday. Or, we may pollute water so much that we think it no longer useable for anything, but if you remove the pollutants the H2O is still there ready to be used again.

We are seeing a higher demand for water than can be supplied in many parts of the world because of increased population and the increase in creature comforts we use that require water for their manufacture.

Look at the population growth in the world and consider that the human body in about 72% water. That means there is a lot of water tied up in those bodies. Then look at what it takes to produce the creature comforts many of us are accustomed to having. A good example is paper. It takes 7,000 gallons of water and 3 barrels of oil to process one ton of wood into paper.

If we reverted back to living the way our ancestors lived a couple of hundred years ago probably in less than 25 years there would be an abundance of water.. This is because there would be a massive die-off of humans and the billions and billions of gallons of water used in manufacturing each day would not be required.

What we need to do is conserve the water we have. One way that can be done is to start recycling used materials. Take a look at what happens for each ton of paper recycled.(Before somebody hollers foul, I'm not picking on the paper industry, I happened to have these numbers for another project I was working on.) The same can be said for almost any mass produced product you can name. Recycling a ton of aluminum for example will save more much energy and water than a ton of recycled paper. The list goes on and on and the bonus is the amount of land required for the materials that cannot be recycled would be a fraction of the size of the landfills today.

What we desperately need is for the population of the world to realize that the days of use and throw it away is fast coming to an end. So to you youngsters, take notice. And I say you youngsters, because I'll not be around long enough to offer much help. I'm sure you have all heard of the “one foot in the grave and the other on a banana peel” well that about describes my situation. But the world water problem is not a political problem, it is a human problem. Unfortunately you will have to depend on politicians to start the ball rolling fast enough to make a difference.

“UNLESS !!!!!!!”

Since: Nov 07

Location hidden

#232 Jan 24, 2008
cutetexasguy wrote:
Why do we all have to be the ones to pay the higher price when they just plainly stated that the nuclear power plants are the ones using the water to cool their machines. Make them pay for their own mistake and come up with a way to regenerate the water or something!!!! HELLO... why does it always get put off on everyone else to pay the price???
Let do that. Lets make every corporation and person pay for their particular part in wasting resources or polluting. That is a great idea.

“UNLESS !!!!!!!”

Since: Nov 07

Location hidden

#233 Jan 24, 2008
Myself wrote:
<quoted text>
So? Desalination. Used in the Middle East. Look it up.
Did you happen to look up the costs while you were at it?
just lookin around

Eustis, FL

#234 Jan 24, 2008
tina anne wrote:
<quoted text>
Actually this one is less than twnety years old. Every time we go thru a dry spell the doomsayers are out with the crisis.
It's better to expect the worst- that way one can prepare for it- and then if the best happens, one is pleasantly surprised.

That makes a lot more sense than sitting around and thinking all's right with the world, much the way Nero did as he fiddled while Rome burned.

“Save a tree.. Eat a Beaver.”

Since: Nov 07

Anderson, MO

#235 Jan 24, 2008
Oh Boy, another crisis for us to give billions to researchers to study. Of course, the research will confirm there IS a crisis, because of researchers determine there is no crisis, they will all be out of work.
Myself

Henderson, NV

#236 Jan 24, 2008
LORAX wrote:
<quoted text>
All of you dipshit wake up. There is no argument that water can be purified. It just costs a lot of $$$$$. As a conservative I really dont want to pay as much for water as I do gas. Its should be free but as a nation we do not know how to use our resources responsibly.
If you are a true conservative, then you of all people understand the meaning of "there's no free lunch".

Tell me when this thread is updated:

Subscribe Now Add to my Tracker

Add your comments below

Characters left: 4000

Please note by submitting this form you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator. Send us your feedback.

Science / Technology Discussions

Title Updated Last By Comments
News "Science vs. Religion: What Scientists Really T... (Jan '12) 1 hr Chimney1 18,433
News Should evolution be taught in high school? (Feb '08) 1 hr Dogen 178,492
News Giant galaxies die from the inside out 17 hr minog 1
News American Documentary Filmmaker Says Cuban Autho... 22 hr Orlando Zapata 1
Recover data from the formatted hard disk Fri Lora_14 6
News Conference of space experts hopes to find a way... Thu little notice 1
Need a legitimate Blu-ray player software for m... Thu AmberBeda 1
More from around the web