Water shortages get potentially worse each season due to mindless
population growth and the newer factor of anthropogenic global
warming. The recent southern California fires are evidence of an
increasingly parched future. Thankfully, the water issue makes
headlines now and then. Below is one of the better articles because it
mentions the root cause several times. Usually, you only get a
sideways reference to the obvious driving factor.
The government projects that at least 36 states will face water
shortages within five years because of a combination of rising
temperatures, drought, population growth, urban sprawl, waste and
Floridians use about 2.4 trillion gallons of water a year. The state
projects that by 2025, the population will have increased 34 percent
from about 18 million to more than 24 million people, pushing annual
demand for water to nearly 3.3 trillion gallons...."We just passed a
crossroads. The chief water sources are basically gone," said John
Mulliken, director of water supply for the South Florida Water
Management District. "We really are at a critical moment in Florida
Australia is in the midst of a 30-year dry spell, and population
growth in urban centers of sub-Saharan Africa is straining resources.
Asia has 60 percent of the world's population, but only about 30
percent of its freshwater.
Still, that article amounts to fact-reporting with no real solutions.
It describes more desalination (which takes big energy), or reuse of
waste water (more people keep generating more of it). The source of
the whole mess; the perpetual increase of human numbers, is assumed to
be a given, not an unnatural scourge.
Few planners have the will to suggest more BIRTH CONTROL (globally) as
the solution to numerous supply/demand problems. They'll probably keep
"mitigating" until the rivers run dry. Then there's the construction
industry, which needs population growth like a vampire needs blood.
Build it and they will come - and drink even more.
Most "economic growth" is the growth of depletion.