The looming global water crisis
Krogh, Peter F. (Peter Frederic)
Gleick, Peter H.
Richter, Brian D.
Examines the growing alarm over what could be the world's next great resource crisis: global water shortages.
Of the earth's total water supply, scientists estimate that a mere 2% is freshwater suitable for human use, and of that amount, less than 1% is directly accessible through lakes, rivers, reservoirs and underground sources. As global water consumption continues to grow at a rate nearly double that of population growth, it is little wonder that many experts have speculated that the international conflicts of the future will be fought over water. Meanwhile, the U.N. predicts that 20% of the world's population lacks access to clean drinking water, and that by the year 2025 up to two-thirds of mankind could face water scarcities. With alarms sounding about the increasing scarcity of water, what can be done to manage the world's supply of freshwater, and how can global water wars be prevented? In this episode host Peter Krogh is joined by Dr. Peter Gleick, President and Co-founder of the Pacific Institute, and Brian Richter, Director of the Freshwater Initiative at the Nature Conservancy, to examine the future of the world's freshwater supply.
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