World facing ‘catastrophic consequences’ over looming water shortages
by: J. D. Heyes
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
The world’s most precious resource – and in every way more valuable than all the oil, gold and other precious metals combined – is water, but scientists are warning it is becoming so scarce in many regions that governments should start rationing it now, before it runs out completely.
Climate change, pollution and over-use of resources over the past two generations have taken their toll on the availability of clean, potable water for many of the earth’s 9 billion people, 500 scientists warned in a new study.
According to Britain’s Guardian newspaper, which reported the findings, the experts believe the world’s water systems will soon reach a tipping point that “could trigger irreversible change with potentially catastrophic consequences.” Calling on governments to begin conservation of water now, the scientists “said it was wrong to see fresh water as an endlessly renewable resource because, in many cases, people are pumping out water from underground sources at such a rate that it will not be restored within several lifetimes,” the paper reported.
The causes are numerous