Archive for March, 2010

World Water Day – How many people know that, in 2002:

■ 1.1 billion people lacked access to improved water sources (tap water in the house or yard from public distribution systems, protected wells and springs, public stand posts,
rain water collection), which represented 17% of the global population.
■ 2.6 billion (42% of the world population) lacked access to basic sanitation.
■ Of the 1.1 billion without access to improved water sources, nearly two thirds live in Asia.
■ 1.8 million people die every year from diarrhoeal diseases (including cholera); 90% are children under 5, mostly in developing countries.
■ 80% of the population without access to drinking-water were rural dwellers, but future population growth will be mainly urban.

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World Water Day – March 22nd 2010

By 2030, one third of the global population, mainly concentrated in developing countries, will have only half the amount of naturally renewed water available they need.

 If this trend is expected as the general scenario in developing countries, it will be even worse in Marathwada 😦  It is time for consumers to change their lifestyle. For instance, by consuming the foods that require less water for cultivation and processing. Example – millets.

While the world is rightly moving to address the challenges presented by climate change and depleting supplies of fossil fuels, the same awareness and consensus does not exist when it comes to addressing our usage of water. … Read more at http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/8577326.stm