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Fresh water is becoming increasingly scarce
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We rely on clean water for more than just quenching our thirst. Water is so intensively used that significant portions of the world’s populations lack adequate water for drinking, sanitation, agricultural and other uses.  In fact, 1.2 billion people currently live in areas with insufficient water. Human populations are slated to rise to eight billion by 2020. As our population and pollutants increase, the shortage will only worsen. If we continue business as usual, by 2025 two-thirds of the world’s population will be without adequate water supplies, which could lead to political strife.

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FAO Water. (2008) Hot issues: water scarcity. FAO. Retrieved March 9, 2008,
http://www.fao.org/nr/water/issues/scarcity.html
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United Nations Environment Programme. Freshwater Issues. Nations Environment Programme. Retrieved March 9, 2008, from http://www.unep.or.jp/ietc/Issues/Freshwater.asp Off-site Link

 

Yardley, J. (2007). Beneath Booming Cities, China’s Future Is Drying Up. The New York Times. Retrieved March 9, 2008, from http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/28/world/asia/28water.html Off-site Link

 

Revkin, A, (2007) How dry are you? New York Times, Retrieved March 9, 2008 from
http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/11/01/how-dry-you-are/
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