Building the World

Water (Short)fall


World water scarcity is increasing. Image: BBC via Wikimedia Commons.


Earth may be a water planet, but this vital resource is not evenly distributed. Over 1.2 billion people face water scarcity; another 1.6 billion live in areas with enough water but not enough infrastructure to carry supplies from aquifers, rivers, and lakes. More alarming is the rate of change: water use has doubled in just the last century. When ancient Rome suffered water scarcity, the aqueducts were built. England solved a water problem with the New River. Upon the 2015 culmination of the United Nations’ “Water for Life” decade, what innovations should our world pursue?

Building the World Blog by Kathleen Lusk Brooke and Zoe G Quinn is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

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