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UN warns that 2.7 billion face water shortages by 2025 in all parts of world

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

The 3rd UN World Water Development Report says there are physical water shortages in North East Africa, the Middle East and areas of Asia. There is an economic water shortage in the Southern Hemisphere and at least 120 million people in Europe without access to clean water. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon said “water scarcity threatens economic and social gains and is a potent fuel for wars and conflict.”  Water scarcity has already hit Australia, China, India, Indonesia, western USA, Israel, Sudan, Haiti, Sri Lanka and Colombia.

Source: UN warns of severe water shortages for more than 2.7 billion people by 2025 – The International

Date: 31 March 2009

1kg of meat = water equivalent of 10 months domestic use

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

The amount of water to produce 1 kg of meat is the same amount used by average domestic household over 10 months.

Source: UN warns of severe water shortages for more than 2.7 billion people by 2025 – The International

Date: March 31, 2009

Many parts of US face large-scale impacts from climate change related droughts

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

A comprehensive report by government officials and scientists found that every U.S. region faces large-scale impacts from climate change. The Southwest region of the U.S. will have water scarcity due to reduction in spring precipitation and growing population. There will be more droughts and wildfires affecting agriculture and threatening property and forests. The Northwest region will also face water supply shortage due to less snowmelt during spring. Ecosystems will suffer from wildfires. The Great Plains and Midwest also face reduced water levels. The Southeast will become hotter with heat waves and related health issues as well as more water shortages. The Northeast will experience more heat waves with 20-30 days above 100 Fahrenheit every summer. Crops like apples, blueberries, cranberries and syrup will be almost impossible to grow.

Source: New report predicts dire consequences for every U.S. region from global warming – Monga Bay

Date: June 17, 2009

Half of mankind could face water shortages by 2030

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

A report compiled by 24 agencies of the United Nations says that water supplies are running low, demand is high and by 2030 almost half of the population will be living in areas of water shortage. Water shortage could lead to conflicts and impede economic growth. 70% of fresh water is used for growing crops and raising livestock.

Source: UN Warns of Widespread Water Shortages – Common Dreams

Date: 12 March 2009

10 million Chinese people to suffer water shortage due to drought

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

Almost 10 million people from southern to southwest China will suffer drinking water shortages as a result of drought. Lack of rainfall has already affected 9.8 million people.

Source: Ten million face China water shortage – AFP

Date: March 2007

Glaciers worldwide melting fast – set to cause serious water shortages

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

Results of climate change will cause millions of people in Asia and South America whose supplies come from melting snow and glaciers to experience water shortages.

The area of Peru covered by glaciers has decreased by 25% in last 30 years.

The Himalaya-Hindu Kush region which has more ice than anywhere other than polar regions, is melting fast.

Source: Millions face water shortages due to climate change – SciDev.net

Date: 15 November 2005

Source: Climate Change and the Earth’s Mountain Glaciers: Observations and Implications – Greenpeace

Date: May 1998

Severe drought in China destroy crops, costing billions of dollars

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

Recently China’s worst drought in five decades caused the loss of vital crops in at least 12 northern provinces, costing the nation the equivalent of billions of US dollars in drought relief to compensate farmers with losses.

Source: CHINA: Thousands across China’s northern provinces face shortages of water – ITN Source

Date: August 2009

2009 sees the worst of bush fires in Australia since 1983

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

In Victoria, 30 blazes were registered in only 30 hours destroying homes and injuring people. Temperatures of up to 48 degrees Celsius (118 degrees Fahrenheit) were recorded in Melbourne from the combination of flames and heat waves.

Source: Raging Australia bushfires kill at least 35 – CNN.com

Date: February 2009

Underestimated fires’ impact on global warming

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

“Fires are obviously one of the major responses to climate change, but fires are not only a response — they feed back to warming, which feeds more fires,” Thomas Swetnam of University of Arizona said. Russian forests contain more than 50% of the carbon stores in the Northern Hemisphere. Some burnings in Siberia exceeded the size of the US State of Virginia in recent years.

Source: Fire Influences Global Warming More Than Previously Thought – Science Daily

Date: 29 April 2009

Deforestation fires contribute to 20% of human-induced CO2 emissions

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

Fires release more carbon into the atmosphere, increasing stress on forest recovery and result in less carbon being sequestered.

Source: Fires fuelling global warming: study – ABC Science

Date: 24 April 2009

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Reversing Meat-Eating Culture to Combat Climate Change

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Livestock Production and Shorter-Lived Climate Forcers

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Plant-Based Diets - A solution to our public health crisis

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Leaders Preserving Our Future - Insights Paper - WPF - November 2010

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Maintaining a Climate of Life - Summary Report

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Livestock's Climate Impact

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Livestock & Sustainable Food

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Reducing Shorter-Lived Climate Forcers Through Dietary Change

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The global cost of biodiversity loss: 14 trillion Euros? - EU Commission (2008)

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Forests, Fisheries, Agriculture: A Vision for Sustainability (2009)

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