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Crisis on the 18 hole!


Posted on October 9, 2012 by Akashma Online News

by Marivel Guzman

Due to a one-two punch of a booming population and severe droughts across the globe, the Earth is in what the United Nations is calling a “water crisis”

People don’t think much of water when they play golf, except when they sit to rest under a nice shade to enjoy a refreshing glass ice water. I personally do not find entertaining a game that involved two people hitting and following a tiny little hard ball, to follow it for hours all to sink it in a hole. Well this is just me, boring, boring, boring game. I beat if I ask a thousand people if they like golf, probably a 99.99% will say NO!. SO! the golf lovers will think that I m incorrect, that the answer will depend where do I ask? and I will say…Exactly! …I will ask to the ordinary people in the market, in the coffee shop, in the bus, the train station, the factories, offices. Those places are where I most likely will find ordinary people.

First they will tell you that it is a game for the rich, because usually you need to join  a private club to be able to play, or to have money to rent your private time in a public golf course. The big cities have few golf courses for public use, but seriously how many ordinary citizens go to play golf? Even if it is free, you need to have little money to buy you golf clubs, shoes, globes and enough supplies of balls, why? well if you are regular golfer and not good, you will loose this tiny balls in the lake, or so far away from your game that you just do not bother to find it.

The beautiful greenish carpet of the golf courses can not be such a beauty if it wasn’t for the billions of gallons of water they receive every day around the world, a rough approximation of 10 billions of gallons of water daily it is needed to keep those greenish, immense field , needless to say that those billions of water will be enough to serve at least 80  billions of people a glass of water, and not only that, but to satisfy their daily water necessities, from showers, agriculture irrigation, to drinking water .

Water crisis in the 18 hole

Some of the golf courses are maintained with recycled water but those courses are in well developed countries. Most of the water that these giants sponges drink it is a vital liquid that killed every day thousand of people and animals around the globe because of the lack of it. The scarcity of water is well known, and documented.

The rivers that used to flow still 10 or 20 years ago are part of a picture past. Most of the giants Dams constructed to commercialized this vital liquid has made the rivers disappear.  Every year less and less rivers, streams and Broadways are filled with rain water. Dams, pools, artificial lakes, bottled water, super agriculture and golf courses are the cause of the droughts around the world.

Pessimist? Not just realistic.

The good news is that there is a Global Council Water Club that get paid to bring water to all the citizens of the world, because water it is a right, the bad news and that almost no one in the world knows that they exist, and people, animals and lands are dying for the lack for water

The Global Water Council

There is also the UN Water Project, they exist and they generate a Report every 3 years. People in Palestine are suffering for the lack of water, Israel is holding Palestine hostage on water supplies. They control the aquifers and Palestine by law, according to certain accords can not dig for fresh water.

The World Water Development Report (WWDR)

The United Nations World Water Development Report (WWDR), released every three years in conjunction with the World Water Forum, is the UN’s flagship report on water. It provides an overall picture of the state, uses and management of the world’s freshwater resources and aims to provide decision-makers with the tools to implement sustainable use of our water. Through a series of assessments, the WWDR provides a mechanism for monitoring changes in the resource and its management and tracking progress towards achieving targets, particularly those of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the World Summit on Sustainable Development. The Reports also offer best practices as well as in-depth theoretical analyses to help stimulate ideas and actions for better stewardship in the water sector.

While the world’s population tripled in the 20th century, the use of renewable water resources has grown six-fold. Within the next fifty years, the world population will increase by another 40 to 50 %. This population growth – coupled with industrialization and urbanization – will result in an increasing demand for water and will have serious consequences on the environment.

People lack drinking water and sanitation

Photo by ADMVB bokidiawe@yahoogroupes.fr

Already there is more waste water generated and dispersed today than at any other time in the history of our planet: more than one out of six people lack access to safe drinking water, namely 1.1 billion people, and more than two out of six lack adequate sanitation, namely 2.6 billion people (Estimation for 2002, by the WHO/UNICEF JMP, 2004). 3900 children die every day from water borne diseases (WHO 2004). One must know that these figures represent only people with very poor conditions. In reality, these figures should be much higher.

Water resources are becoming scarce

Find your country

But conservation groups say that the plans for many large dams are based on historical river flow data that are irrelevant in today’s rapidly changing and unpredictable climate.

“Large dams have always been based on the assumption that future stream-flow patterns will mirror those of the past, but this is no longer true,” Rudo Sanyanga, International Rivers’ African program director, said in a statement.  National Geographic

Facts and Figures

Sources of Fresh Water

  • Groundwater – water which infiltrates into the ground through porous materials deeper into the earth. It fills pores and fractures in layers of underground rock called aquifers. Some of this water lies too far under the earth’s surface to be extracted at an affordable cost.
  • Surface-water runoff – precipitation that does not infiltrate into the ground or return to the atmosphere: streams, rivers, lakes, wetlands, and reservoirs.
  • Snow that is 4 inches (10cm) deep contains about the same amount of water as 1/3 inch (1 cm) of rain.

1.1 billion people live without clean drinking water

2.6 billion people lack adequate sanitation (2002, UNICEF/WHO JMP 2004)

1.8 million people die every year from diarrhoeal diseases.

3 900 children die every day from water borne diseases (WHO 2004)

Daily per capita use of water in residential areas:

– 350 litres in North America and Japan

– 200 litres in Europe

– 10-20 litres in sub-Saharan Africa

Over 260 river basins are shared by two or more countries mostly without adequate legal or institutional arrangements.

  • A leak that fills up a coffee cup in 10 minutes will waste over 3,000 gallons of water in a year. That’s 65 glasses of water every day for a year.
  • A leaky toilet can waste over 22,000 gallons of water in one year; enough to take three baths every day.

How Much Water Does it Take to Produce Your Food?

Food
Portion
Gallons of water
Orange Juice
Orange
Cantaloupe
Broccoli
Catsup
Corn
Lettuce
Tomato
Tomato Sauce
Butter
Cheese
Milk
Yogurt
Beef Steak
Chicken
Egg
Hamburger
Tofu
Almonds
Sugar
White Rice
Brown Rice
Wheat Bread
White Bread
Pasta
1
1
1
2
1
1
1
1
4
1
1
1
1
8
8
1
4
2
1
1
2
2
1
1
2
cup
medium
melon
cups
ounce
ear
cup
small
ounces
pat
ounce
cup
cup
ounces
ounces
each
ounces
cups
ounce
tablespoon
cups
cups
slice
slice
ounces
     49
14
160
11
3
80
3
8
13
46
56
48
88
1,232
330
50
616
61
80
7
25
16
7
11
36

Water Pollution

  • A gallon of paint or a quart of motor oil can seep into the earth and pollute 250,000 gallons of drinking water.
  • A spilled gallon of gasoline can pollute 750,000 gallons of water.

World Water Shortage vs. Golf Course Consumption

Wrong Climate for Damming Rivers

Bottle Water Hoax

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