Why fresh water shortages will cause the next great global crisis

 

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WATER “The Observer Sunday 8th March 2015”

Last week drought in São Paulo was so bad, residents tried drilling through basement floors for groundwater. As reservoirs dry up across the world, a billion people have no access to safe drinking water. Rationing and a battle to control supplies will follow

Water is the driving force of all nature, Leonardo da Vinci claimed. Unfortunately for our planet, supplies are now running dry – at an alarming rate. The world’s population continues to soar but that rise in numbers has not been matched by an accompanying increase in supplies of fresh water.

The consequences are proving to be profound. Across the globe, reports reveal huge areas in crisis today as reservoirs and aquifers dry up. More than a billion individuals – one in seven people on the planet – now lack access to safe drinking water.

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I have been working in educational ecology for seven year. I am interested in social ecology and degrowth. I like to introduce these subjects through a playful approach and practical and involve guys and children. I am from Italy. I was born in San Severo (FG) but now I am living in Exeter. I work at the University of Exeter, but at the same time I am studying GCSE English and Maths at the Exeter College. I attended three creative writing course at the Exeter College and I published an anthology of 17 short stories with Lulu, a self publishing company. I like creative activities, art, writing and reading

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