Fresh Water is Running Out
Water Demand Exceeds Water Supply
“This overuse can lead to decreased groundwater availability for both drinking water and growing food,” says Tom Gleeson, a hydrogeologist at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, and lead author of the study. He adds, it “can lead to dried up streams and ecological impacts”.
Now, we have to pay for it
The sever drought we face is made tangible by current crop crisis is making corn and bean prices sky rocket. Bloomberg reports that stockpiles of the biggest crops will decline for a third year as drought parches fields across three continents, raising food-import costs already forecast by the United Nations to reach a near-record $1.24 trillion.
In the U.S. as a whole, including Puerto Rico, drought now covers 52.3 percent of the land, down from 52.7 percent in the previous week. A year ago, 27.1 percent of the U.S. and Puerto Rico was affected by drought.
Some dryness affects 70.2 percent of the U.S. and 78.1 percent of the contiguous 48 states.
We conclude with a significant glimpse of hope. Up to 99% of the fresh, unfrozen water on the planet is groundwater. “It’s this huge reservoir that we have the potential to manage sustainably,” he says. “If we choose to.”