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September 30, 2010

Threats to world water supplies

Filed under: Biosecurity,Catastrophes,Strategy — by Philip J. Palin on September 30, 2010

Today’s edition of Nature includes a report worth the attention of anyone engaged in risk strategy.  According to the authors,

Our study found that vast areas across both the developed and developing world arrive at similarly acute levels of imposed threat to their freshwater resources. Sources of degradation in many of the developing world’s most threatened rivers bear striking similarities to those of rivers in similar condition in wealthy countries. However, the highly engineered solutions practiced traditionally by industrialized nations, which emphasize treatment of the symptoms rather than protection of resources, often prove too costly for poorer nations.

Reliance of wealthy nations on costly technological remedies to overcome their water problems and deliver water services does little to abate the underlying threats, producing a false sense of security in industrialized nations and perilous water insecurity in the developing world. In addition, lack of comparable investments to conserve biodiversity, regardless of national wealth, help to explain accelerating declines in freshwater species.

More at the Guardian

More at http://riverthreat.net/

More at Nature (subscription required)

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Comment by William R. Cumming

September 30, 2010 @ 11:35 am

Well it clearly and positively is obvious that next to air water is the critical component of human life. The destruction of the Water Resources community and policy in the US under Ronald Reagan was a great tragedy. But given my efforts to resurrect it in this Adminstration I can say that that failure is an even greater tragedy. And by the way did you know that efforts to corner the basic drinking water supply of the US by foreign interests has now been underway for four decades? It has largely succeeded. Canada is also targeted for this effort and now in desperation US policy may begin to focus on legitimated and otherwise approaches as it realizes that bulk Canadian water may be the only out for the US in the 22nd and 23rd Century.

Comment by Dan O'Connor

September 30, 2010 @ 12:13 pm

Maslow’s heirarchy of need will be the new metric for Homeland Security….GM Food, lack of bio diversity, factory farming, anabolic and antibiotic consumption, climate change, novel resistant staff and virus promulgation etc….

Couple this with a diminishing factory capacity, globalization and finite resourses, population shift, debt and just simply the inability to predict the future will make this a challenge to prepare for and adapt to.

Comment by William R. Cumming

September 30, 2010 @ 12:46 pm

And projection of another 4 Billion humans on earth to reach a population of 10 Billion before leveling off and yes Malthus looking good apt in his analysis to me.


September 30, 2010 @ 10:08 pm

What fun seeing the world turned upside down in Washington and the lasting merriment of children laughing. We landsmen will put a new lilt on it soon. Until then, Athens of America, keep your taps wet and let the good times roll while the birthday cake burns out of control. It gets worse than ever and on our money. The country is run by madmen and midwesterners and the obits will be in the morning Post Washington. Keep your machine oiled and steel sharp. Water the flowers.

Comment by William R. Cumming

October 1, 2010 @ 6:28 am

CLIMATE, CLIMATE, CLIMATE! Looking to trump location, location, location that does not weigh environmental factors.Some is going to make a fortune with disclosure of competitive situation of nation-states on water issues.

Comment by Arid conditions; Water Pollution and Corrupt Politicians and Bankers

October 3, 2010 @ 5:00 pm

While committed in professional diligence to addressing substantial ($10million – $250million per) global wastewater and water purification projects representing a collaborative effort of Canadian and US companies with valued skill sets and proven technology, while I work 25×7 continuing to raise investment funding and help address such projects to truly make a difference by addressing these often prerequisite wastewater and water purification projects….

….Yesterday, the Russians called – yes, the Russians have called and from Moscow the promise that their cutting edge technology and patented process in filters will enable more and more of the nearly one (1) billion souls in this 21st century who have no access to a clean glass of water to eventually have a clean glass of water in hand!

While at present we have the leading filters and solutions to a cleaner water source, hearing the Russians and what they state they have in their hand and which no one else has developed will assuredly prompt my call to the State department tomorrow and kindly request an expedient process to approve “visa requirements” for these Russian scientists, engineers and researchers who prefer to come here and discuss how we in ten industry can employ such technology immediately and ramp our global efforts to help as many people as possible.

While our collaborative focus is on pan-African existing and near-future project requirements, i.e., Ghana, Rwanda and the Sudan, I (we) receive calls from those at the Ganges River, from those in Jakarta, the Middle East, Haiti and so on and so forth…whereby all are seeking either access to clean water or to filter the impurities…

To my astonishment, in seeking even a mere $2million “humanitarian” loan, emphasizing not a hand out, a loan to address these real challenges…wastewater and water purification projects which can result in making a difference to the millions less fortunate and afford a handsome return to the gracious investor where my knocking and knocking on the Wall Street door has prompted only one reply to me, “Don’t bother us, we’re too busy.” My response, “Thank you…yes, too busy writing yourselves bonus checks when fellow human beings have not a clean glass of water to drink!” Nice guys, really nice guys, enjoy your weekend at the Hamptons!

When reading this blog this afternoon, I was thinking that I should next knock on the door of George Soros, he certainly seems like a caring chap, doesn’t he? He must know the value of water as he knows the value of most other commodities far less precious in Life than water! “Mr. Soros, good morning!”

The fact of the matter is that water may very well prompt the next outbreak to War, not a nuclear armed Iran though my bet is on the “Brutes of Tehran” and their agenda in performing dastardly deeds! Though presently they have no nuclear weapon..they are certainly good at their PR game, though the Germans will be the ones dealing the Iranians their shock and awe and not to far in the future!

Promised arid conditions affecting more people and the increase in global population point to a very busy time presently and for the next few decades at least for those of us in the global “water” business as truly clean water is a premium even in the developed world and the impurities of both politicians and bankers will give little care to the health and well being of anyone other than themselves….

Christopher Tingus

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