Schultz Environment Blog

Environment in a broad sense,transports and energy issues. From my local point of view with a global touch!

Friday, August 18, 2006

Water can be used for more than fire fighting…
According to UN over 1 billion people don’t have access to clean water. In many areas in US and Australia the ground water level decreases year by year. Big cities like Sydney and Beijing are subject to water shortage certain periods. There isn’t enough of fresh clean water in the surroundings. In Sweden, where we have lots of clean and fresh water we don’t economize at all with water.

WWF criticise the European Union for the policy of subsidising the cultivation of water demanding crops like maize and sugar beat instead of traditional lemon or olive. I think they are right in their criticism. There are calculations that in 2050 around two thirds of the population will suffer from water shortage. There have been and still are wars fought due to water shortage. It is about time we starts to handle this divine gift with the care it should be. And that also goes for the countries that have more than enough of fresh and clean water.


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