The world’s water resources are rapidly running dry creating a global crisis for every living being on the planet. 1 billion - nearly 1/6th of the world’s population - are already facing water shortages on a daily basis.
A report by the United Nations states that by 2030 almost half the global population will be living in water stressed areas. At the current rate, the hugely populated area of Beijing will have exhausted its water supplies by 2030. In the United States, the Colorado River supplies tens of millions of people and millions of acres of farmland. Drought could cause shortages to a massive number of people dependent on this water source.
Scientists foresee that there will be an increasing number of wildfires as the results of climate change intensify.
- In 2008 alone, California’s fires devastated 380,310 acres of land.
- In 2007, more than 200 wildfires occurred in South Eastern Europe.
- In 2009, 28 districts in Nepal experienced wildfires in the pre-monsoon period; this is unprecedented and a direct effect of global warming.
- A decade of drought in Australia has greatly increased the intensity of bush fires.
Fires release more carbon into the atmosphere, and the loss of trees results in less carbon being sequestered. In the coming years, wild fires are predicted to spread to previously fire-free regions of the world due to climate change.
One of the largest contributors to fire pollution exacerbating global warming is the tens of thousands of fires, many in the Amazon region, burnt annually to clear forest for livestock grazing and livestock feed.
Drought is one of the major problems our world is facing and is set to escalate dramatically in the coming years if present trends continue.
- In 2009, China’s worst drought in five decades caused massive loss of vital crops in 12 provinces.
- Aquifers under Beijing, Bangkok, Delhi and many more locations are drying up.
- The world’s major rivers such as the Ganges, Jordan, Nile and Yangtze are all suffering as climate change intensifies.
- Since 2003, Australia has been experiencing drought that has now led to heavy water restrictions and massive losses for thousands of farmers.
- Southern Madagascar has experienced three years of crop failures in the past 5 years, seeing an increase of malnutrition and death in children.
- Due to drought, 2009 saw Argentina’s smallest wheat crop for 100 years, putting strains on global supplies.
It is predicted that most parts of the United States will soon be experiencing national water shortages. Even in Europe as many as 120 million people have little access to clean water.