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Global Warming: Solution not Problem for a Thirsty Planet

On World Water Day, the United Nations have come out with yet another dire prediction: “By 2025, fully a third of the planet’s growing population could find itself scavenging for safe drinking water“.

And just in case anybody would miss it: “even as scientists and governments look for ways to satisfy a thirsty world, another threat looms on the horizon: global warming“.

In truth, rising seas and more frequent droughts don’t seem such a particularly bad idea. Think of a cooling world: would that be a drier world too, as more and more water is locked up in glaciers and ice sheets?

Of course a warmer world is a wetter place. The equation warm=dry is mostly if not only in the minds of scientists and journalists living in Europe and North America (i.e., the Northern temperate regions: where in fact it rains less in the Summer).

Anybody worried about water availability should definitely hope for further warming…

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  1. europeannaturalmedicine
    2009/03/23 at 21:51

    I am not knowledgeable enough to answer that question, I fear. As far as I know we have only one to two percent of water available for us – the “weather” water in precipitation, run off and underground. The rest is bound in pole ice caps and in the vast salty oceans – unavailable to us.

    It might be that the circulating water stays more or less the same – until there is no more to be gotten from pole caps and oceans. – Not sure this reasoning makes sense. I am probably using a medical analogy here.

    Alexa Fleckenstein M.D., physician, author.

  2. europeannaturalmedicine
    2009/03/23 at 19:55

    First – I apologize…I shouldn’t have called you dumb.

    Second, two wrongs don’t make a right – the consequences of global warming are NOT eliminated by the fact that some areas are three feet under. ..water.

    There are natural cycles of heating and cooling – if we would go into the next ice age, we would have to deal with that fact. NOW we have to deal with global warming and water shortage – they are not the same problem, as much as they are interrelated.

    World Water Day 2009 also has come and gone – and not much attention paid.

    Alexa Fleckenstein M.D., physician, author.

    • 2009/03/23 at 21:36

      Alexa F – Thank you very much for the tone of your new comment. One thing I have to clarify is that the main point of the original blog was to say that a warmer world is (very) likely to have a larger amount of available water. Of course then it’d be up to us to manage that availability, so that it doesn’t transform itself into some kind of scarcity instead.

      I contend that (in general) that would be more difficult in a cooler world, exactly because there would be less water around. Would you disagree with that?

  3. europeannaturalmedicine
    2009/03/23 at 17:26

    What a dumb blog! You can tell your clever thoughts to the displaced people (from arid areas that will become more arid) when they try to squeeze in to the “wet” lands!

    World Water Day 2009 was yesterday – and not much attention paid.

    Alexa Fleckenstein M.D., physician, author.

    • 2009/03/23 at 18:58

      Dear Alexa Fleckenstein please do tell…would you prefer a cooling world and if so why?

  4. 2008/03/22 at 11:12

    Judging by my water rates bill – my consumption of water has decreased and become a sacred ritual for how long I keep the tap running. (No waste)

  5. bill-tb
    2008/03/21 at 21:38

    Well we could always build some nuclear power plants and run the desalinators. Plenty of water in the sea, and plenty of nuclear fuel around for a long long time. So as long as you have a power plant you can have water. Just ask the Arabs …

    How dumb do the UN think we are, pretty damn dumb it looks like.

  6. Jim
    2008/03/21 at 20:48

    Exactly what I was thinking!!

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