In this update, we ask: How can communities take control of their own water supplies and achieve ‘water sovereignty’? Just how circular is the much-talked-about ‘circular economy’? And is there a substantive difference between the Leave and Remain camps when it comes to Brexit? Plus, Helena Norberg-Hodge makes a passionate case for local food and local economies in a new article and TV interview, and we speak with the Post Growth Institute’s Jennifer Hinton about the role of not-for-profit businesses in the economy of the future.
A new paper paints a disturbing picture of a nearby future where people are fighting over access to water. These post-apocalyptic-sounding “water wars” could rise as a result of climate change and population growth and could become real soon enough if we don’t take steps to prevent them.
The study, which comes from the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC), says that the effects of climate change will be combined with an ever-increasing number of people to trigger intense competition for increasingly scarce resources. This can lead to regional instability and social unrest.
- David Hertz and Laura Doss-Hertz won $1.5 million XPrize For Water Abundance
- System uses shipping containers, wood chips, other detritus to produce water
- It can churn out up to 528 gallons a day at a cost of no more than 2 cents a quart
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A chemist finds a way to cut supersalty discharge and CO2 as the Middle East relies ever more on seawater desalination
Benyahia has simplified the process in part by aiming for sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) rather than sodium carbonate, thus reducing the needed chemical conversion steps to just two. In the presence of ammonia he reacts pure carbon dioxide with the waste brine from desalination, creating solid baking soda and ammonium chloride solution. In a second step he reacts the ammonium chloride solution with calcium oxide to produce calcium chloride solution and ammonia gas. Recovering the ammonia allows him to reuse it in the first step, reducing the cost of the process.
Between California and Hawaii, there’s a teeming patch of garbage that’s stretched over an area more than double the size of Texas. We already knew it was huge. There’s a reason it’s called the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch.” But new research has found that there is many times more garbage in this patch than previously thought – 4 to 16 times more than past estimates, according to a paper published today in Nature Scientific Reports.
What Will Happen if the World No Longer Has Water?
The Jordan River, the country’s lone waterway, is dirty and depleted, while some of its aquifers have been pumped almost beyond repair. The nation’s annual rainfall is set to slide dramatically due to climate change, even as its population continues to swell. Jordan is too poor to turn to costly, large-scale desalination—or fix its leaky infrastructure. And the country’s population growth shows few signs of slowing, so it can’t fall back on water imports, as some lightly populated Pacific and Caribbean island nations have done. Water shortages have gotten so bad, they’ve already sparked clashes between refugees and native Jordanians, and the officials charged with catering to booming demand with a shrinking supply are beginning to panic.
Phi Beta Iota: Zionist Israel (not to be confused with decent Jews everywhere) has been stealing water from the Jordanian aquifers via long underground pipes. They have been doing this for decades. As Robert Steele wrote in his recent War in the Middle East article, if the Arabs, Iranians, and Turks do not focus on free energy and unlimited desalinated water (and other more traditional solutions such as have brought the Dead Sea back to life), Arabia is destined to be hell on Earth.