Two- thirds of that fresh water comes from glaciers the rest is unusable and unreachable. We lose out on water from waste, pollution, and republicans hated two words, climate change. 1.1 billion people lack water and from that become ill and die and 2.7 billion
Water is the most priceless resource on our planet. Billions of gallons flow through our rivers and lakes. Millions of gallons are consumed by humans each day. Our world’s surface is seventy percent water. With so much water around us, how can 1.1 billion people still lack access to clean water (Cooper, Water Shortages)?
Celebrities and organizations around the world pool together millions of dollars into these projects every year yet, somehow every 29 seconds a child somewhere is dying due to contaminated water. A younger charity, known simply as Charity:Water, uses 100% of funds donated toward water related projects has raised over $155 million dollars in only the past two years. This begs the question, what are the causes of this lack of drinking water? The key word is “drinking” water, while the world is made of 71% water, not all of it is suitable “drinking” water. For water to be considered drinkable, it must be devoid of all harmful agents and be safe to not only drink, but also prepare food with as well.
What the Ancient Mariner expressed in frustration when they found themselves becalmed in the middle of ocean, as I understand it, running out of drinking water. But in this poem, what he said almost two centuries ago is certainly has relevance in real life today. The one of the most serious threats to humanity over the coming decades is the shortage of fresh clean water. Nowadays the earth is still rich in seawater, but fresh water is not. The global situation is less than 3% of the world’s water is fresh, the rest of them is seawater and undrinkable.
On a global basis fresh water, or drinking water, makes up only a very small amount of all water. Most water on Earth is in the oceans (97 percent). The remaining portion (~3 percent) is in frozen (in glaciers) or is below the land surface, i.e., groundwater found in aquifers. Amazingly all the water in lakes, inland seas, rivers, and the atmosphere amounts to only 0.023 percent (or two parts per ten-thousand) of all the water on our planet. Of the fresh drinking water available to us, 72 percent is frozen, which leaves... ... middle of paper ... ...ter for irrigating nonfood crops with great success (Gleick).
An astounding one-half of the world’s population currently lives without an adequate supply of clean drinking water. Ten to twenty thousand children die everyday of preventable water related diseases, and the latest evidence shows that we are lagging in the effort to resolve these problems. The average American cannot conceptualize daily life without a readily available supply of water for drinking, cooking, and bathing. Carrying water for miles and miles from a well just to boil a pot of water over a fire, and who is to say that the water is clean. One billion people suffer from lack of a clean water supply.
These accidents often dump thousands of gallons of oil into the ocean killing countless amounts of fish, mammals and birds. Man’s dependence on fossil fuels ensures that these types of accidents will continue. In 2010, BP’s Deep Water Horizon’s safety systems failed, leading to the largest oil spill in history. The oil well gushed oil into the gulf for 87 days before it was finally sealed. The Exxon Valdez spilled an estimated 11 to 38 million gallons of crude oil into the ocean, causing massive loss of life to the surrounding marine life.
INTRODUCTION According to the United States EPA, only one percent of all water on Earth is deemed suitable for human consumption. In a world with a continually-growing population in need of an ample water supply, the world's sources of fresh water are showing increased signs of overuse as they are emptied faster than they can be naturally refilled. In fact, over the past half-decade the demand for water has more than tripled as the watersheds across the globe have been devastated (EPA). This is not a problem which is limited to the developing world either, as even the United States has also been experiencing the effects of water shortages in recent years. In the US, the average citizen uses more than three times the amount of water as many European countries (Data 360).
Recent studies based on satellite monitoring by NASA reveals that melting ice from both the poles has been responsible for a fifth of the global rising sea levels since 1992 (11 mm). Antarctica and Greenland are now contributing three times as much ice to sea levels as they were 20 years ago. Although the Greenland ice sheet is only about... ... middle of paper ... ...arth has always varied from time to time, since the time the earth was formed and it is one of the most unpredictable processes. Though it is a natural process, anthropogenic contributions are also accounted upon heavily these days. According to studies, although the earth is supposed to be experiencing a cooling phase at this time, it is evident from the polar ice caps melting that the earth is warming.
Food waste is described as the intentional rejection and discard of edible food. Food is considered waste when it is disposed of or is left to spoil. Food waste leads to unintentional reductions in the quality or quantity of food known as food loss. This discard of food occurs when the food is damaged, spilled, or spoiled during handling, packaging, processing, storage, distribution, or transport along the supply chain. Over the years, the problem of food waste has continued to grow, as one-third of all food produced, 1.3 billion tons, never reaches a table (“How Reducing Food Waste Could Ease Climate Change”).