From Australia’s millennium drought, to Spanish importations of shipments of water, to half of India under high water stress or worse, to China, to Mesopotamia, to south-eastern Brazil and to California: whether you believe in climate change or not, whether you assert that it is man-made or not, water scarcity is REAL and it is here and it is likely to get worse before it gets better. And the solution may (or may not) lie in a centralised global imperative to understand the situation and act appropriately. The Lisbon Charter, an agreement between 85 nations, “is aimed at providing a framework for governments to better understand their specific challenges and make informed decisions on water policy and regulation”.
- Aquifer (Princeton infographic)
- Opportunity Cost (World Water Wars)
- Thermohaline and Greenhouse (see video below)
Resources and further reading
- 10 Ways to Create Water as World Fights Drought, DNews
- A world without water
- Beyond Drought, Global Drought Information System (NIDIS)
- Causes of Drought: What’s the Climate Connection?
- Drinking-water, WHO fact sheet
- Drought: Threats to Water and Food Security, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
- Forget the Islamic State. The new conflicts of the future could be sparked by climate change.
- From national to regional plans — the Integrated Drought Management Programme of the Global Water Partnership for Central and Eastern Europe, Weather and Climate Extremes
- The Biggest Dry, Circle of Blue
- The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)
- ‘The water table is dropping all over the world’: NASA warns we’re on the path to global drought, National Post
- The wealthy mega-city on the brink of disaster, News.com.au
- UN-water global analysis and assessment of sanitation and drinking-water (GLAAS) 2014 – report
- US Drought Outlook, NOAA
- Water, The Guardian
- What Australia Can Teach the World about Surviving Drought, Scientific American
- Worldwide water shortage by 2040